The goal of the Division of Oncology Visiting Elective Program is to enhance the exposure of students considering careers in academic oncology to the Washington University Medical Center, while promoting a diverse and inclusive learning environment on the medical school campus. The program provides funding and networking opportunities for visiting students who have been accepted into a 2-week or 4-week elective in Oncology at Washington University including one of the following rotations:

  • M25-861 – Inpatient Oncology Consult Service
  • M25-871 – Outpatient Oncology
  • M25-884 – Bone Marrow Transplantation and Stem Cell Biology

All applicants who are fourth year medical students in good standing at their respective schools are welcome to apply through VSLO. Of particular interest are students who are passionate about promoting health equity and providing care to marginalized communities.

Program Components

  • Accepted students will be reimbursed up to $2000 for expenses such as travel, housing, the Washington University Visiting Student Elective application fee and other approved living expenses for a 2-week or 4-week elective
  • The program will provide networking opportunities with residents and fellows
  • The course descriptions can be found here.
    • Click YR2024 on the left
    • Select “Medicine” from the Schools list
    • Select Internal Medicine
    • Scroll through the course list to find your course (all electives are 800-level)

Application materials

Applicants must submit their elective application through the Visiting Student Learning Opportunities (VSLO) service.  Individuals interested in applying to the Division of Oncology Visiting Elective Program should email the following documentation to

  • ODP VEP Supplemental Application (check off the box for the Division of Oncology Visiting Elective Program)
  • 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
  • We will download your medical school transcript from VSLO.
  • For questions, please contact Cheryl Brauch at

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