Diversity Program for Visiting Students

ClerkshipThe OHSU Diversity Program for Visiting Students is sponsored by OHSU Graduate Medical Education in collaboration with the Center for Diversity and Inclusion.

Program Goals

  • Enhance student awareness of opportunities in academic medicine at OHSU and in Portland.
  • Increase the number of diverse students applying to OHSU's Residency Programs.
  • Provide mentoring and networking for diverse students.

Program Benefits

  • Mentoring. All participants will be assigned a faculty advisor/mentor and be offered opportunities to network with other OHSU house staff and students.
  • Financial Assistance.  A stipend of $1,200 will be awarded to cover room and board and transportation during the rotation at OHSU.

Program Details

  • Competitive applicants in the Diversity Program for Visiting Students will have demonstrated personal experience or interest in diversity, health disparities, or serving underrepresented populations.
  • The program is open to applicants who demonstrate the above, have expressed interest in applying to an OHSU Residency Program and at least one of the following: grew up in a rural community or have experienced significant disadvantage or adversity.
  • Rotations are four weeks in duration and are available, space permitting, to full-time fourth-year students who are in good standing in an LCME- accredited U.S. medical school.

Applying to the Program

Application window opens April 1, 2018 and closes May 15, 2018

Stipends are open to full-time fourth-year students who are in good standing in an LCME-accredited U.S. medical school and are participating in one of two rotation time frames:

  • August 20, 2018 – September 14, 2018
  • September 24, 2018 – October 19, 2018

Interested applicants must apply through the VSLO (formerly VSAS) and upload the following additional items:

  • Completed application form for the OHSU Diversity Program for Visiting Students
  • Letter of Endorsement, including details on the student's qualifications for the Diversity Program.
  • Student letter of intent as to his/her qualification and desires for participating in the Diversity Program.
  • Demonstrated excellent to outstanding performance in the related third-year clerkship (exceptions considered).

For more information about the Diversity Program for Visiting Students or to receive an application form, please contact the GME Diversity Program at 503-494-8652 or gme@ohsu.edu