The Washington University Department of Otolaryngology is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We believe strongly that recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce of faculty and residents enriches our academic environment and is integral to providing outstanding patient care. Since minorities have historically been underrepresented in Otolaryngology, it is important that we ensure equitable opportunity for exposure to our field. We are happy to offer support for under-represented minority medical students seeking a Visiting Elective Rotation in ENT.

Our 4-week subinternship is designed to provide the experience of working alongside our faculty and residents on one or more of the general or subspecialty services in Otolaryngology. Accepted students will also meet one-on-one with faculty leadership and have access to networking opportunities within the department and University. 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 $100.

Application process:

Please contact Dr. Andrew Drescher at with your intent to apply.

All applicants to our program go through the usual process for all visiting medical students at Washington University, using the Visiting Student Learning Opportunities Service (VSLO). Students must be full-time, in good academic standing in their final year of medical school. Acceptance is contingent on space availability during the preferred time period.

A supplemental application is then submitted to the Office of Diversity Programs (ODP), which includes a brief statement of interest, CV, letter of recommendation, and medical school transcript. Applications must be submitted at least 4-6 weeks prior to the preferred rotation start. The Department of Otolaryngology will contact applicants as soon as possible following review, generally within two weeks after receiving application.