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Visiting Student Scholarship to Enhance Healthcare Workforce Diversity

The Department of Surgery at Yale School of Medicine is excited to announce a scholarship for eligible students to spend four weeks in a sub-internship or elective. Our department has five residency training programs (General Surgery; Otorhinolaryngology; Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery; Integrated Vascular Surgery; and Integrated Cardiothoracic Surgery). Interested students will need to specify in their letter of interest and on the online application in which discipline they hope to complete their elective.

This program immerses the participating student in Yale’s department of surgery. The recipient will enroll in a four-week sub-internship between July – October. Students will be expected to function at the level of an advanced medical student. They will be expected to actively prepare for and participate in morning rounds, attend all available operations, and attend all divisional and departmental conferences during this time. We will also be working on a basic residency application preparatory curriculum to be facilitated by our lab/professional development residents.

Program Benefits

  • Scholarship will include up to $1500 for reimbursement of travel and housing (at the completion of the clerkship)
  • Each student will be provided a resident and faculty member that will serve as a mentor and advisor
  • Each student will have the opportunity to meet with the respective Surgery Program Director
  • Students will have the opportunity to speak with current surgery residents for advice on succeeding during their clerkship
The visiting student electives available for this program are listed on the AAMC Visiting Student Application System (VSAS) website. Information about scholarship eligibility is available on the Visiting Student Scholarship Program website.

There are three steps to apply for the scholarship:

  1. Review eligibility to confirm you are eligible and then submit Yale’s Visiting Student Scholarship Program Application.
  2. In the Yale’s Visiting Student Scholarship Program Application please upload the following documents:
    • Updated CV (includes USMLE Step 1 and/or 2 completion and score (when applicable))
    • Medical school transcript (unofficial is acceptable)
    • Updated headshot picture
    • ≤ 500-word statement explaining your interest in our program
    • Letter of support from a faculty member or a clerkship director
  3. Submit your VSAS application once instructed to do so.

We will begin accepting applications on March 1 with an application deadline (that must include all uploaded documents) of April 30. All students will be notified by email about the status of their application to the program by May 30. Applications will be reviewed by a committee using holistic criteria. For further assistance concerning requirements for this scholarship, contact

Visiting Clerkship Committee