Visiting Medical Students

Fourth-year students at LCME-accredited medical schools are eligible to participate in one of the following programs:

Please note that there is a separate application process for each program.


Consistent with recommendations from the AAMC regarding away rotations, WUSM will open applications via the AAMC’s Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS) site for the 2020-2021 academic year to medical students at select institutions. If you have questions or concerns please email

Although the Office of Diversity Programs Visiting Elective Program will not provide funding for the 2020-2021 cycle, we will offer opportunities for visiting students taking part in virtual electives to network with current students and residents of color, as well as meet Dean Ross, Associate Dean for Diversity and Assistant Dean for Student Diversity and Engagement, Lisa Stevenson.

To sign up for these opportunities, please submit the ODP Visiting Elective Program application and a CV via email at For 2020 only, the ODP will waive the letter of recommendation and transcript requirements. Visiting students must be accepted into a virtual elective to be considered for the ODP Visiting Elective Program. For any updates please visit the WUSM Visiting Medical Student Program website as well as AAMC’s Visiting Student Learning Opportunities  (VSLO).

Visiting Elective Program

visiting-student-testThe goal of the Visiting Elective Program through the Office of Diversity Programs is to enhance the exposure of students considering careers in academic medicine to the Washington University Medical Center, while promoting cultural diversity on the medical school campus. Students who are members of groups underrepresented in medicine or who are socioeconomically disadvantaged are strongly encouraged to apply to the program.

Applicants must be fourth year medical students in good standing at their respective LCME-accredited schools in the United States. They are eligible to participate in one four-week elective. In addition, applicants must have a demonstrated background in enhancing service to disadvantaged groups and current experience in activities related to providing care to the under served.

  • Accepted students will be reimbursed up to $2000 for expenses such as travel, housing and other living expenses as well as the Visiting Student Elective application fee of $75 (not applicable for 2020)
  • The program will provide networking opportunities with residents and fellows, as well as fourth-year Washington University medical students
  • Visiting students will have access to student facilities including the Bernard Becker Medical Library (not applicable for 2020)
  • Forest Park, one of the largest urban parks in the United States, serves as the medical center’s back yard and offers a wide spectrum of athletic and cultural facilities

Application materials

Individuals interested in applying should submit the following documentation via email:

Acceptance into the ODP Visiting Elective Program confers acceptance into Washington University School of Medicine’s Visiting Medical Student Program.


Submit applications four to six weeks before the desired date of the elective.

Applicants must submit their elective application through the Visiting Student Learning Opportunities (VSLO).

To access the Visiting Medical Student Program forms and the electives’ catalog, please visit Washington University’s Visiting Medical Student Program website.

For questions, contact the Office of Diversity Programs.

St. Louis Children’s Hospital Diversity in Medicine Visiting Medical Student Elective

The St. Louis Children’s Hospital Pediatric Residency Training Program at Washington University strongly values and promotes diversity within our physician and resident physician work force. We are delighted to invite students to apply to our Diversity in Medicine Visiting Medical Student Elective for the 2019-2020 academic year, co-sponsored by the Pediatric Residency Program Residency Diversity Committee and Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM). The four week program allows qualified students considering careers in pediatric medicine the opportunity to rotate on the wards and clinics at St. Louis Children’s Hospital (SLCH), interact with residents and faculty, and interview for the WUSM/SLCH Pediatric Residency while visiting.

Students who are members of groups underrepresented in medicine or who are socioeconomically disadvantaged are strongly encouraged to apply to the funded program, which includes a stipend of $3,000 for up to three qualified students per academic year to defray the costs of travel, housing, and food, and the VSAS registration fee. The AAMC defines the following groups as underrepresented: Black (African/African American),  Latino/Hispanic (Mexican American, Cuban American, Puerto Rican, Central American, South American), Native American, and Native Hawaiian.

Applications will be considered based on merit and availability. We will only consider applicants who wish to complete the elective between July and February of each academic year. Applications open on June 20, 2019 and the application deadline is July 15, 2019. Further application details can be found here:

SLCH Diversity in Medicine Visiting Medical Student Elective 2019-2020

SLCH Diversity in Medicine Visiting Medical Student Elective Application

Washington University Emergency Medicine Leadership in Emergency Medicine Diversity Scholarship (WUEM LEaD)

We are excited to accept applications to Washington University’s Leadership in Emergency Medicine Diversity Scholarship. We are proud to partner with the Washington University School of Medicine’s Office of Diversity Programs in this new venture. We are strongly committed to promoting diversity, inclusion, and cultural sensitivity within our division and believe that doing so is critical to executing our mission of providing exemplary health care to all who are in need with efficiency and compassion. We seek all individuals who can bring their diverse experience not only to our program but to our patients and community as well. Examples of these types of diversity would include but are certainly not limited to: historically underrepresented ethnicities in medicine, those who may be socio-economically, or educationally disadvantaged, and any others whose backgrounds and experiences would bring the diversity described above.

  • Scholarship recipients will be reimbursed up to $2000 for travel, housing and other living expenses as well as the Visiting Student Elective application fee of $75
  • Applicants will receive guidance and mentorship from our fantastic faculty, to help applicants excel during their fourth year clerkships and ultimately be successful in the match.

Applicants will rotate through our busy urban tertiary care hospital and help care for our complex patient population. Applicants will be exposed to a wide variety of pathology. Our group also includes a wide variety of experts in Administration, Critical Care, Disaster Medicine, EMS, Geriatric, Global Health, Health Policy and Advocacy, Immunology/Infectious Disease, Medical Education, Neurology, Patient Safety, Pediatrics, Research, Simulation, Sports Medicine, Toxicology, Translational Medicine, Ultrasound and Violence Prevention/Community Outreach.

How to Apply: 

Individuals interested in applying should submit the following documentation:

All applicants must email Ernesto Romo, MD at informing him of your interest. You may also contact Dr. Romo, if you are interested in learning more about the WUEM LEaD Scholarship.

For further details, check us out online at In addition, you can see what the faculty and residents that you will be working with have been up to at our news section.

Department of Surgery Diversity Sub-Internship Program

The Department of Surgery at Washington University in St. Louis welcomes applications to its Diversity Sub-internship Program intended to support minority student experiences in academic surgery. The Program will provide accepted sub-intern students with a four-week rotation at Washington University between July and October in specialties or subspecialties of General Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Vascular Surgery, and Urologic Surgery.

This program aligns with Washington University’s academic goal of fostering a diverse academic community to prepare tomorrow’s leaders locally and globally. This program represents a continuum of the academic pipeline efforts to support and prepare students from a variety of backgrounds.

Program support for participants includes a $2000.00 stipend to help offset the cost of travel, housing, fees, and incidental expenses.

The Program is open to minority applicants who belong to groups that have been traditionally disadvantaged, underrepresented, or inadequately supported in medical training. We seek applications from racial minorities from historically underrepresented in the health profession including African American, American Indian, Alaska Native, Hispanic American and Pacific Islander. We also seek applications from sexual and gender minorities such as those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender/gender nonconforming, queer/questioning, or intersex. Finally we seek applications from students whose pathway to medical training includes substantial personal or financial adversity. The application deadline is May 15, 2020. More details can be found here.

For questions, email