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Mount Sinai – Visiting Electives Program for Students Underrepresented in Medicine (VESPUM)

Deadline: March 26, 2018

The VEPSUM Fellowship offers four-week electives at The Mount Sinai Health System and its teaching affiliates in the Graduate Medical Education Consortium to a limited number of qualified 4th-year medical students who attend U.S. accredited medical schools and who are from groups underrepresented in medicine. VEPSUM is designed to increase diversity in the house staff and subsequently the faculty of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and its affiliated institutions by helping talented minority medical students to gain access to electives in our programs. The total number of accepted VEPSUM students is contingent upon available funding and placement capacity.

Electives are available between August and October of the fourth year of medical school.

  • Students must have completed their required core clerkships before starting the program.
  • There is no application fee.
  • Housing and travel expenses are subsidized for one month.

Students are provided the potential to network with residency program directors, residents, minority faculty, and students, and have access to the Office of Graduate Medical Education, Center for Multicultural and Community Affairs, medical school library, seminars, and workshops.
The program is limited to electives in the fields of Anesthesiology, Emergency Medicine, Medicine, Neurosurgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and Surgery. A complete list of electives in these fields can be found on the Icahn School of Medicine’s Electives Program Course List.

Please do not contact the departments or the Office of Student Affairs to coordinate the desired elective.

Application process

If you are interested in our program and would like to learn more, please visit the VEPSUM website.

The following must be included:

  • Application (please visit the VEPSUM website)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Official medical school transcript
  • USMLE Step 1 and USMLE Step 2 scores if available
  • Letter of recommendation from the Dean at your home institution
  • Letter of recommendation from a faculty member at your home institution who is
    in the specialty to which you are applying for in VEPSUM
  • A recent photo

Please rank three elective choices on the application form.

Applications will be accepted from December 1st through March 26th of the third year of medical school and decisions will be announced on or before May 1, of the same year.

Please upload or send all required application materials via e-mail
attachments to in order for the application to be considered complete.
Paper applications will not be accepted under any circumstances

Visiting Electives Program for Students Underrepresented in Medicine
Icahn School of Medicine
One Gustave L. Levy Place
Box 1076
New York, NY 10029

For more information, please contact
Gary C. Butts, MD, or Sherria McDowell, MPH at

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