The Groff Diversity Scholars program through the department of neurology aims to
enhance the exposure of students considering careers in neurology to the rich clinical
neurology environment at Washington University School of Medicine. Students who are
members of groups underrepresented in medicine, historically minoritized or have been
socioeconomically disadvantaged are encouraged to apply to the program.

Applicants must be fourth year medical students in good standing at their respective
schools in the United States. They are eligible to participate in one five or seven-week

  • Accepted students will be receive up to $2500 for expenses such as travel, housing, the Washington University Visiting Student Elective application fee and other approved living expenses.
  • Each student will have a faculty mentor from the department of neurology
  • The program will provide networking opportunities with residents and fellows, as well as Washington University medical students.

Application materials

  • Individuals interested in applying should email the following documentation to the Office of the Department of Neurology Vice Chair for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB),
  • Curriculum vitae
  • One letter of recommendation from a faculty member who has supervised the applicant during a third year clerkship, emailed directly from the faculty member’s office
  • Our office will download your medical school transcript from the Visiting Student Learning Opportunities (VSLO) service.

Acceptance into the Groff Diversity Scholars Program confers acceptance into
Washington University School of Medicine’s Visiting Medical Student Program.


We recommend that you submit applications at least two weeks before the desired date
of the elective.

Applicants must submit their elective application through 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 the Department of Neurology Vice Chair for
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging, Dr. Mwiza Ushe,, or
Robyn Beard,

The Groff Scholars Program

4 week electrive in neurology at Washington University in St. Louis. The student will
have two to four week rotations in neurology. These rotation may occur on the adult
general neurology service, adult stroke neurology service, adult neurology consultation
service, pediatric general neurology service or the pediatric neurology consultation
service. Interested students may discuss special rotations on subspecialty services
such as movement disorders and epilepsy.

Each student will have a faculty mentor. The faculty mentor will work with the student to
engage with the Washington University and St. Louis community.

With the assistance of the faculty mentor each student will present a poster at the end
of the rotation detailing an aspect of neurology they learned during the rotation.

This may be a patient presentation, discussion of a disease state, treatment modality or
particular social impacts on patients with neurological disease.