Med StudentsThe 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.

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.

Fourth year medical students from other institutions will register for this elective through the AAMC Visiting Student Learning Opportunities (VSLO). Students must meet all institutional requirements as outlined by the Registrar’s Office.

Students will be able to search for Otolaryngology electives in VSLO on April 15. VSLO will be available on May 1 for students to submit their application for an elective request(s).

Rotation Dates for the 2022-2023 academic year are:

  • May 30 - June 24
  • June 27 - July 22
  • July 25 - August 19
  • August 29 - September 23
  • September 26 - October 21
  • October 24 - November 18


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.



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: