The Department of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery at UC Davis Health welcomes 4th year medical students to join us for a four week rotation as an acting intern (AI) in Sacramento. We offer a comprehensive operative and clinical experience that will provide you with deep insight into what residency training will be like should you decide to pursue your postgraduate training here at UC Davis.

At the start of your AI rotation, you will be integrated with our team quickly and will be working with patients and families on day one. Come prepared to be actively engaged in all aspects of clinical care, from early morning pre-rounds, to daily team rounds, to scrubbing in to surgical cases and seeing clinic patients. Expect to assist our junior residents with all first call consults, preoperative evaluations, postoperative evaluations, and new patient workups. You will be paired with several of our faculty in faculty-run clinics and be expected to evaluate and present new patients in their clinics. You will be scheduled to take overnight in-house call with our PGY II and PGY III residents.

During your AI rotation, you will have an opportunity to participate in several multidisciplinary treatment teams, including Head and Neck Tumor Board, Skull Base Conference, Cleft and Craniofacial Panel, Laryngology and Dysphagia Panel, Pediatric Vascular Anomalies Panel, and Maxillofacial Trauma Panel.

You will also be expected to give a 15 minute comprehensive case presentation at our departmental Grand Rounds at the conclusion of your rotation.

Although your AI rotation with us will be quite busy, most AIs have found time to  enjoy the scenic beauty of the Sacramento Valley and the surrounding Sierra Nevada foothills. Sacramento is located 90 miles from the Bay Area and 100 miles southeast of Lake Tahoe, providing the opportunity to enjoy various activities all within driving distance.

UC Davis medical students interested in an acting intern rotation should register in eFlight.

Medical students from other institutions will register for this course by submitting an application to the AAMC Visiting Student Learning Opportunities (VSLO) and must meet all institutional requirements as outlined by the Registrar’s Office. Visiting medical students can submit their application to VSLO on April 1, 2020. 

Rotation Dates for 2020-2021:

  • June 1 – June 26
  • June 29 – July 24
  • July 27 – August 21
  • August 31 – September 25
  • September 28 – October 23
  • October 26 – November 20


For additional questions, please contact the program coordinator, Lisa Yee-Isbell, at or by phone at 916-734-5005.


Hilary A. Brodie, MD, PhD Endowment for Diversity in Otolaryngology

The Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery is pleased to introduce the Hilary A. Brodie, MD, PhD Endowment for Diversity in Otolaryngology Medical Student Visiting Elective Clerkship. We encourage 4th year medical students from groups who are traditionally underrepresented in medicine to apply for this funding which includes up to $2,500 in reimbursement for fees paid for travel, housing, and application to VSLO.

Hilary A. Brodie, MD, PhD Endowment for Diversity in Otolaryngology (PDF)


UC Davis Visiting Elective Program

The UC Davis School of Medicine Office of Student and Resident Diversity offers the Visiting Elective Program (VEP) to medical students from around the country.  The VEP provides scholarship funding to 4th year medical students underrepresented in medicine and/or from socially and economically disadvantaged backgrounds who have been accepted into a visiting rotation at a UC Davis department and who have a strong interest in pursuing a residency in Northern California. 

The Department of Otolaryngology works closely with the Office of Student and Resident Diversity to ensure that any interested applicants receive all available assistance to ensure they can attend the UC Davis Rotation.

More information can be found at the Office of Student and Resident Diversity website:

Visiting Elective Program

or by contacting the UC Davis Office of Student and Resident Diversity: