Diversity in Medicine Visiting Elective Program Scholarship
I strongly feel my success on the residency interview trail was a direct product of the time and wisdom shared with me by Dr. García and others I met through participating in VEP.
Mark Moubarek, M.D.
VEP Scholar, 2018-2019
Resident Physician, Class of 2022
UC Davis Department of Emergency Medicine
The Office of Student and Resident Diversity (OSRD) aims to address the barriers preventing the full participation of underrepresented groups in medicine, (including individuals from African American/Black, Latinx, and Native American backgrounds), while supporting residents' and fellows' interests in serving underserved communities. Whether you are completing your medical training at UC Davis or another institution, we are committed to making you feel welcome here!
Fourth-year medical students from other schools may choose to participate in an elective rotation at UC Davis School of Medicine, especially if they are interested in matching into a UC Davis residency program. The Diversity in Medicine Visiting Elective Program Scholarship provides support to fourth-year students who have the potential for leadership in addressing the barriers preventing the full participation of groups underrepresented in medicine, including students from African American/Black, Latinx, and Native American backgrounds.
Students in the program will receive:
- Reimbursement of travel costs to and from Sacramento (up to $500)
- Reimbursement of food costs (up to $500)
- Reimbursement of the UC Davis application processing fee ($300)
- Reimbursement of housing expenses (up to $1500)
- Unique networking opportunities with OSRD and student interest groups
Eligible participants are full-time, fourth-year medical students in good standing at an accredited U.S. medical school. Students remain registered at their own schools while participating in the four-week elective at UC Davis. Each student must complete an application form through the American Association of Medical Colleges’ Visiting Student Learning Opportunities (VSLO) Application Service.
- Apply for your chosen electives in VSLO at aamc.org/vslo. Note: Scholarship Applications will only be considered with a complete VSLO application.
- Submit the Diversity in Medicine Visiting Elective Program application at bit.ly/UCDVEPapp. Please note that applications submitted incomplete applications and applications submitted past the deadline date will not be considered.
- Submit a Letter of Intent ( 1 page maximum) and any supplemental materials to firstname.lastname@example.org with "VEP [your name]" in the subject line. Your letter and supplemental materials must also be submitted by the application deadline.
- In your Letter of Intent, please describe your path to medicine, your demonstrated interest in serving underserved communities, and your interest in practicing at UC Davis Health and/or Northern California in approximately 500 words. You also should briefly explain your potential to contribute to the Diversity in Medicine Visiting Elective Program through your understanding of the barriers facing underrepresented groups in medicine (including individuals from African American/Black, Latinx, and Native American backgrounds), as evidenced by your life experiences, work experience, educational record, and demonstrated interest in serving underserved communities.
- For rotation start dates in July-September: TBA
- For rotation start dates in October-January: TBA
- For 2024 rotation start dates: TBA
Please note: The Diversity in Medicine Visiting Elective Program Scholarship provides scholarship funding and mentorship resources. OSRD does not make decisions on whether a student is accepted or rejected from an away rotation, as these decisions are made by the hosting clinical departments. Students applying for both a department and OSRD Diversity in Medicine scholarship, can only receive one scholarship.
If you have any questions about the Diversity in Medicine Visiting Elective Program, contact email@example.com.
What are the benefits of doing a VEP at UC Davis?
- Access to mentorship and experience at UC Davis School of Medicine residency programs
- Reimbursement for travel, food, and lodging for rotation, reduction of the cost to obtain experiential learning during medical school
- Experiencing Sacramento and gaining a better understanding of the diverse communities and resources available
- Engaging in networking opportunities with faculty, residents, and staff at UC Davis School of Medicine
When is the next rotation?
Visit https://health.ucdavis.edu/mdprogram/registrar/visiting.html for upcoming rotation and application deadline dates.
Do I have to apply for both rotation and scholarship?
Yes, you will need to apply for your chosen electives in VSLO at aamc.org/vslo. Your scholarship application will not be considered without a complete VSLO application.
Fill out the DVEPS application at bit.ly/UCDVEPapp.
What are the scholarship application requirements?
The Diversity in Medicine Visiting Elective Program Scholarship application requires submitting your contact information, background, and a section to include your Letter of Intent (1 page maximum). Supplemental materials may be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org with "VEP [your name]" in the subject line.
- In your Letter of Intent section, describe your path to medicine, your demonstrated interest in serving underserved communities, and your interest in practicing at UC Davis Health and/or Northern California.
Does applying for VEP rotation before or after residency application affect my chances for residency with UC Davis Health?
I have questions about a specific department of interest, who can I contact?
For questions regarding day to day activities and learning outcomes, contact the departmental coordinators in their respective departments. To see available residency programs, visit https://health.ucdavis.edu/gme/residency_programs.html
Can international students apply for the DEVPS?
International students are not eligible, per the Visiting Medical Student eligibility of enrollment policies: https://health.ucdavis.edu/mdprogram/registrar/visiting.html
Where can I find which residency departments offer a VEP rotation?
Visit VSLO at aamc.org/vslo.
Does every department offer a scholarship program for VEP?
No. Not every department offers a scholarship for Visiting Elective Programs. The following academic departments offer their own scholarship programs for visiting students and scholarship amount varies. Students can only receive one scholarship if applying for both department and OSRD scholarship. See below for departments offering VEP scholarships.
- Emergency Medicine - Visiting Underrepresented Scholar Program
- Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery - Brodie Endowment Diversity Visiting Clerkship (PDF)
- Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences - Diversity Medical Student Visiting Clerkship
- Ophthalmology Diversity in Medicine Scholarship
- Dermatology Diversity in Medicine Scholarship
For more information on applying to a fourth-year elective at UC Davis Health, visit the Office of the Registrar's Visiting Medical Students page.
For questions regarding the Diversity in Medicine Visiting Elective Program Scholarship (DVEPS), contact Eva Lee at email@example.com.
2023 – 2024 Award Recipients
2. Shirley Cheng, University of Hawaii Burns School of Medicine, UC Davis Health Surgical Oncology
3. Emmanuel Brito, UC Riverside School of Medicine, UC Davis Health Orthopedic Surgery
4. Devra M Asah, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, UC Davis Health Surgery Trauma
5. Grace Jun, Western Michigan University Homer Stryker School of Medicine, UC Davis Health Urology
7. Kathy Le, UT HSC San Antonio Long School of Medicine, UC Davis Health Otolaryngology
8. Andres Armijo, Ponce Health Sciences University School of Medicine, UC Davis Health Surgical Oncology
9. Grant Akalonu, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, UC Davis Health Psychiatry
10. Aldana Garcia, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, UC Davis Health Dermatology
11. Xinna Chen, A.T. Still University - School of Osteopathic Medicine, UC Davis Health Emergency Medicine
2022 – 2023 Award Recipients
1. Tien Nguyen, Washington State Univ Elson S - Washington State-Floyd Tri-Cities School of Medicine, UC Davis Health Pediatric Surgery
2. Grace Wei, USF Health Morsani College of Medicine, UC Davis Health Dermatology
3. Serena Choi, University of California, Riverside School of Medicine, UC Davis Health Ophthalmology
4. Morgan Haynes, University of New Mexico School of Medicine, UC Davis Health Dermatology
5. Yen Luu, University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Medicine, UC Davis Health Dermatology
6. Bilal Karim, Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine, UC Davis Health Child Neurology
7. Ky Ngo, University of Washington School of Medicine - U Washington-UW, UC Davis Health Surgery
8. Shadi Shams, Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine, UC Davis Health Child Neurology
9. Jasper Shu, Western University College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, UC Davis Health Anesthesiology
10. Nancy Abarca, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, UC Davis Health Neurology
2021 – 2022 Award Recipients
1. Desiree Morris, Kerkorian SOM UNLV, UC Davis Health Dermatology
2. Edgardo Alonso, UCSF SOM, UC Davis Health Internal Medicine
3. Akshitha Thatiparthi, Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic, Medicine of the Pacific, UC Davis Health Dermatology
4. Kristine Vo, U of Hawaii - Burns SOM, UC Davis Health Otolaryngology
5. Linda Kerandi, Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University, UC Davis Health Psychiatry
6. Raymond Martinez, Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine, UC Davis Health Hematology/Oncology
7. Jennifer Cortes, Carle Illinois College of Medicine, UC Davis Health Combined Family Medicine–Psychiatry
8. Ashkan Khosravi, Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Carolinas Campus, UC Davis Health Rehabilitation Medicine
9. Philomena Nwanze, Boston University Aram V. Chobanian & Edward Avedisian School of Medicine, UC Davis Health Combined Family Medicine - Psychiatry
OSRD collaborates with individual residency and fellowship programs to showcase how each program promotes diversity, equity and inclusion as part of the larger UC Davis Health community. Many programs participate in OSRD's annual Graduate Medical Education Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Open House, and some programs hold Diversity Day events concurrent with interviews. If you are an applicant interested in one of these programs, please reach out to the residency or fellowship program directly.
If you are a representative from a UC Davis residency or fellowship program, please visit our Info for GME Programs page.