Visiting Clinical Scholars Program

“The Duke University School of Medicine Visiting Clinical Scholars Program provided me with a wonderful learning experience. I would certainly recommend it to any underrepresented minority fourth year student. Thank you for having this exciting program.”

Elena Jimenez-Gutierrez
University of Virginia

 “I plan on keeping in touch with Dr. Young [Ophthalmology] for future career advice. Although I did not match at Duke I still enjoyed the learning experience, got a research paper accomplished, and made lifetime mentors.”

Jennifer Threatt
Brody School of Medicine
East Carolina University

Duke University School of Medicine in conjunction with the departments of Orthopaedic Surgery, Ophthalmology, Otolaryngology, Medicine, Psychiatry, OB/GYN, Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine, Anesthesiology, Dermatology, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Pathology, Radiology and Head and Neck Surgery & Communication Sciences will award a number of scholarships to underrepresented minority (URM, as defined by the AAMC) fourth year medical students for the Visiting Clinical Scholars Program to support their participation in a clinical elective.

The Scholars will participate in a 4-week clinical elective during the fall or winter application and interview season for residency.

The scholarship for participation in the Visiting Clinical Scholars Program includes reimbursement for the program registration fee, as well as a stipend for housing and travel. 

The Visiting Clinical Scholars Program is administered by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Its mission is the development and implementation of strategies to foster a culture of inclusion in which students, faculty and staff from diverse talent pools experience a genuine sense of belonging, engagement and achievement at the School of Medicine.

Students who are under-represented minorities in medicine (as defined by the AAMC) may apply for a clinical elective during the fourth year of medical school. Applicants must have successfully completed the required core third year clerkships and have been accepted through the Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS) for participation in a clerkship at Duke University School of Medicine.*

Program Application Requirements
Fourth year medical students must submit the program application; a current curriculum vitae, and an official medical school transcript as well as documentation of acceptance from VSAS into a Duke School of Medicine clerkship to the attention of The Office of Diversity & Inclusion.
*Please note that final approval of participation in visiting electives is through the Office of the Registrar and requires completion of all required documentation.

Housing is recommended at the new Cambria Hotel Durham, conveniently located across the street from Duke Hospital. 

Part of our scholarship award includes a stipend to offset travel costs.  We are also happy to advise and assist with travel logistics if needed.

Due Date
Please contact the Office of Diversity & Inclusion to discuss due dates.

Contact Information
Duke University School of Medicine
Office of Diversity & Inclusion
DUMC 102003
10 Bryan-Searle Drive
110 Seeley G. Mudd Building
Durham, NC 27710
(919) 613-2628