Visiting Student Diversity Scholarship

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Announcing an opportunity for 2024-25: the University of Colorado Visiting Student Diversity Scholarship Program for 4th-year medical students who are interested in Surgery. The program will be offered to up to three eligible students doing subinternships in the late summer/early fall of the academic year 2024-2025.

The Department of Surgery at the University of Colorado encourages fourth-year students to apply to our Visiting Student Diversity Scholarship to explore an interest in academic surgery. The Program will provide accepted "Acting Intern" (4th-year medical) students with a four-week rotation at the University of Colorado in General Surgery or any of its subspecialties once scheduled for early fall 2024.

The Program will also provide up to $2,500 of expense reimbursement to help defray the cost of flights, fees, and housing expenses.

Program Description

The Visiting Student Diversity Scholarship Program is designed to give students the experience of rotating as a surgical "Acting Intern" (4th year medical student) at the University of Colorado's Department of Surgery. The "Acting Intern" will function in the role of a surgical intern and will be required to attend all conferences including core curriculum, morbidity and mortality conferences, rotation-based clinical case conferences, and simulation lab experiences with the surgery residents.

Who Should Apply

The Program is open to all applicants – the focus is on those who have had personal experience overcoming hardship or have an interest in working with or advocating for patients who have traditionally experienced barriers to accessing healthcare. The 4th year medical student "Acting Internship" is four weeks in duration and will only be offered in the late summer and early fall of the academic year. Students must be enrolled in their final year of medical school in good academic standing at an LCME-accredited medical school, and have completed all required core clerkships. Students will be accepted into clinical rotations only if space is available during the preferred time period. In addition, all students must meet all requirements of the University of Colorado School of Medicine for visiting students. Medical Students interested in doing an "Acting Internship" at University of Colorado should apply electronically through VSAS and have it sent to the Dean’s office. See the medical school's Extern (Visiting Students) page for a list of CU's requirements and a link to VSAS.

Application Requirements

A brief statement of interest (one page) describing the student’s personal experience of overcoming hardship, or expressing an interest in working with or advocating for patients who have traditionally experienced barriers to accessing healthcare, one letter of recommendation, curriculum vitae, USMLE scores, and a recent unofficial medical school transcript should be submitted by May 15, 2024, to

Decisions will be made by July 1, 2024.


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