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 completed USMLE Step 1.

Clerkship Details

  • Clerkships are 4 weeks in duration and are completed based on the SMHS fourth year calendar beginning in March and ending in October.  
  • Students must first apply using the Visiting Student Application Service (VSLO).
  • Please describe your interest in health equity, diversity and inclusion and how you anticipate this experience may impact your career. (Please do not exceed 250 words.)
  • Accepted students will receive a stipend of $1,000 towards travel and housing.  
  • Clerkships are available in the following specialties:
    • Internal Medicine: August and September
      • Infectious Disease
      • Gastroenterology
      • Nephrology
      • Pulmonary
      • Palliative Care
    • Emergency Medicine
    • Neurology
    • Ob/Gyn
  • Students selected to participate in the program will be assigned a specialty advisor during the 4-week clerkship and will have an opportunity to participate in a student/faculty networking breakfast hosted by the Office of Diversity & Inclusion. Participants will also have an opportunity to meet one-on-one with the program director during the clerkship.