Visiting Elective Scholarship

 

Visiting Student Program 2022 - 2023 Update


The UCSF Visiting Student Program will return to normal for the 2022 - 2023 Cycle as recommended by The Coalition for Physician Accountability’s Work Group on Medical Students Moving Across Institutions for Post Graduate Training.

Please note the following program dates, which are subject to change or cancellation:

  • 2022 - 2023 Catalog posted (no applications) - January 17, 2022
  • Learners may begin applying - February 1, 2022
  • UCSF will start accepting applications -  TBD (Approximately April 2022)

The dates above and the reopening the Visiting Program are all subject to change or be cancelled depending on the pandemic and final recommendations by the Coalition so please check here for updates.

Please stay tuned on this webpage for more details. Contact Dr. Eddie Cruz-Romero (edward.cruz@ucsf.edu) for any questions.

1/11/22

WHAT IS THE VISITING ELECTIVE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM?

The Visiting Elective Scholarship Program supported by the UCSF School of Medicine was established to encourage fourth-year medical students who are underrepresented in medicine, who are committed to working with underserved populations, or who are interested in working with issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion to apply for a clinical elective at UCSF. The scholarship program provides up to $2,000 and is designed to:

  • Expose fourth-year medical students who are underrepresented in medicine, committed to working with underserved populations, or interested in working with issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion to an academic training program
  • Promote student interest in applying to an academic residency training program
  • Provide faculty and housestaff mentorship during the clinical elective experience

Clinical electives are four weeks in length and are available, space permitting, to U.S. visiting students. VESP participants are assigned a faculty advisor and have the opportunity to network with UCSF faculty, housestaff, and students. A diversity dinner with faculty and housestaff is held during each rotation. In addition, all participants are invited and encouraged to attend various seminars and lectures including those offered by the UCSF Office of Diversity and Outreach and the UCSF Multicultural Resource Center.

WHO CAN APPLY?
  • Fourth year U.S. medical students who are underrepresented in medicine, committed to working with underserved populations, or are interested in working with issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion are encouraged to apply
  • Only students enrolled at an affiliated LCME-accredited institution or COCA-accredited AACOM member institution may apply**
  • UCSF does not accept international students for clinical experiences
  • Students must be in good academic standing at an accredited US medical school
  • Students must be applying for a visiting elective based at one of the San Francisco Campuses (Electives at BCHO or Highland hospital do not count)
  • Requirements for the UCSF School of Medicine’s clinical electives must also be met. Please refer to VSAS for department-specific additional application requirements: UCSF VSAS Additional Requirements
  • Please note that the Emergency Medicine, General Surgery, Radiology and Urology departments have their own application processes separate from VESP which you can find below under the Application drop-down.
APPLICATION
  • Completed VESP application which you can also fill out on the VSAS website when you apply for your elective. You can also refer to the website below to apply:
  • An official academic transcript from your school of medicine (electronic preferred)
  • Recent CV which you can upload directly on the Qualtrics website when you apply for the VESP
  • Letter of recommendation on official letterhead from a faculty member in your department of interest
  • Please note: Students MUST also apply to the clinical elective program of their choice through the UCSF School of Medicine Visiting Student Program.  Students MUST apply to the VESP before their rotation begins in order to be considered.

VESP Online Application

If you are applying for a scholarship for electives in Emergency Medicine, General Surgery, Radiology or Urology, please apply through the links below NOT using the link above:

Please refer to the link below for more info on UCSF's Visiting Student Program:

Visiting Student Program

SELECTION

Scholarships (up to $2,000 each*, to be used toward visiting student elective fees, transportation costs, and lodging) will be awarded on the basis of:

  • Interest in pursuing a career in academic medicine
  • Interest in working with underserved populations
  • Commitment to issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Leadership
  • Community service
  • Academic achievement as indicated by transcripts, letter of recommendation, etc

(*Scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis.  Funds are awarded upon completion of the elective. Receipts must be submitted for reimbursement.)

DEADLINE: 2022 deadline to be announced

 

For further information, please contact:
Eddie Cruz-Romero, MD MPH
VESP Director
Email: Edward.cruz@ucsf.edu