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Visiting Clerkship Program

The Visiting Clerkship Program sponsored by the SMHS Office of Diversity and Inclusion (VCP-ODI), in collaboration with the Medical Faculty Associates of the George Washington University, provides support for fourth-year medical students with an interest in health equity, diversity, and inclusion to participate in a variety of visiting clerkships. This opportunity intends to enhance students’ exposure to careers in academic medicine and to recruit students with a particular interest in the care of the under-served.  


All fourth-year medical students in good standing at accredited US or Canadian medical schools.

  • Students must have completed all core clerkships including Medicine, Surgery, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Obstetrics & Gynecology and Primary Care/Family Medicine.
  • Students must have successfully passed USMLE Step 1.
  • Must directly apply to one of the available clinical rotations prior to applying for VCP-ODI support.

Clerkship Details

  • Clerkships are 4 weeks in duration and are completed based on the SMHS fourth year calendar, beginning in July and ending in December.
  • Accepted students will receive a stipend of $1,000 towards travel and housing.
  • Clerkships are available in the following specialties:
    • Emergency Medicine
    • Internal Medicine (August and September)
      • Gastroenterology
      • Infectious Disease
      • Nephrology
      • Pulmonary
      • Palliative Care
    • Neurological Surgery
    • Neurology
    • Obstetrics & Gynecology
    • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • VCP-ODI participants are assigned a specialty advisor and will have an opportunity to meet one-on-one with the program director during the 4-week clerkship.
  • VCP-ODI students will be invited to participate in a student/faculty networking breakfast hosted by the SMHS Office of Diversity & Inclusion.

Application Process

The following steps must be completed prior to the desired rotation's start date. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Apply by April 15th for priority consideration.

1. VSLO Application

Beginning April 1st, please use Visiting Student Learning Opportunities (VSLO) (formerly known as Visiting Student Application Service [VSAS]) to complete an application for your preferred visiting clerkship (among those listed above) and dates.

2. Personal Statement (once you have completed your VSLO application)

  • Submit a one-page description of your interest in health equity, diversity, and inclusion and how you anticipate this experience may impact your career. Do not exceed 250 words.
  • Email your statement to Ms. LaQuita Ross, SMHS Executive Coordinator for Curricular Affairs, at Use the subject line: "ODI Visiting Clerkship"

Please direct questions about the VCP-ODI to the SMHS Office of Diversity and Inclusion at