Diversity Visiting Student Elective Program

Program Description:

The Department of Surgery at the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL has created a visiting elective program to increase exposure of our general surgery residency program to students from underrepresented backgrounds in medicine. The program consists of a 4-week elective from July – October across our many surgical subspecialties available for 4th year student rotations.four surgeons stand around an operating table

Accepted students will be paired with a faculty and resident advisor for the duration of their rotation experience. Exposure to the wide breadth of research opportunities available at the University of Florida will be part of the rotation experience in addition to networking opportunities and meetings with the residency program director and assistant chair of inclusion and wellness. A stipend up to $2,000 will be provided to qualified students to defray the cost of participating in an away rotation.

We define underrepresented in medicine as: Black/African American, Latino/Hispanic, American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander , LGBTQ+, and/or socioeconomically disadvantaged.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Current medical student pursuing a medical degree at a LCME or AOA accredited medical school
  • Must be in good academic standing at their respective medical school
  • Must be in the final year of medical school
  • Successful completion of all required third year clerkships
  • Must be able to rotate during the July – October time frame

Application requirements:

  • Letter of recommendation from 3rd year clerkship director or a faculty member you have worked with
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination (required)
  • Completed diversity rotation application
    • If accepted and approved by the University of Florida, students will be required to complete and submit the AAMC VLSO application

How to apply:

Completed applications should be submitted online via the secure Qualtrics link. Once applications are received, applicants will be emailed a secure university Dropbox link to upload required supporting documentation. The application deadline is April 15, 2022. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until spots are filled. Application submissions received after the deadline may be considered if space allows. If selected, you will be notified by May 1, 2022.