The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Internal Medicine residency programs strongly value diversity, equity, accessibility, inclusion and belonging (DEAIB) within our training program. We invite fourth year medical students with special interest and experience in DEAIB efforts and students historically underrepresented in medicine interested in pursuing careers in internal medicine, primary care internal medicine, combined internal medicine – pediatrics or their subspecialties to apply for our visiting student scholarship program.

Program Benefits

The goal of the Diversity in Internal Medicine Visiting Student Scholarship Program is to expose senior medical students from outside institutions to clinical training in our academic internal medicine program. The program includes:

  • $2,500 stipend for travel and living expenses
  • Four-week inpatient sub-internship experience at an academic, quaternary-care, nationally recognized institution
    • Rotations offered August 26- September 20, 2024 OR September 23 – October 18, 2024
    • Inpatient general internal medicine with possibility of subspecialty assignment based on availability and applicant interest
  • Course credit from home institution via application through the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) supported by VSAS/VSLO
  • Onboarding boot camp during first three days of rotation to ensure a smooth transition
  • Inclusion in resident conferences and organized social events
  • Residency application assistance including personal statement review and practice interview
  • Residency interview with program(s) of interest — Categorical Internal Medicine, Primary Care-Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine – Pediatrics, Medicine – Geriatrics and/or Physician Scientist Training Program. Note, interviews will be conducted at a time and in a format in keeping with official guidelines, and hence may not be conducted during the actual rotation.
  • Additional meetings with The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center faculty can be arranged at the request of the student based on areas of interest


  • Applicants must be in academic good standing and have completed core clinical clerkships with passing grades by the start of the rotation.
  • The program is intended for students underrepresented in medicine including students from racial/ethnic groups, sex, gender identity/expression and low-income or socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds. It is also intended for students with special interest in expanding diversity, equity, accessibility, inclusion and belonging within the field of internal medicine and its subspecialties.
  • At this time we are only able to host students from schools within the United States and U.S. territories.


  • Applicants will be reviewed holistically by the selection committee. Scholarship offers will be made on a rolling basis with a final decision communication no later than April 30, 2024.

Why Ohio State?

  • The Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center and College of Medicine recognition
  • Top 100 on Forbes list of America’s Best Large Employers for two consecutive years
  • Named an HRC Healthcare Equality Index Leader for three consecutive years
  • No. 4 ranking for percentage of African American medical students at non Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU)
  • INSIGHT into Diversity, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education, recognized the Ohio State College of Medicine with the 2019 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award
  • Columbus at a glance
    • Columbus has received the highest possible score for eight years running on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Municipal Equality Index (MEI), the only nationwide rating system of LGBTQ+ inclusion on municipal law and policy
    • 14th largest city in the U.S. and second largest in the Midwest behind Chicago
    • The Columbus metro area is No. 1 in the Midwest for population, job and GDP growth
    • Columbus is among the top 10 metros in the U.S. for concentration of young professionals (25-34)
    • Cost of living is 11% below the national average
    • More than 130 nations and more than 100 languages are represented
    • More than 41% of residents identified as nonwhite

Application Process

A completed application includes:

  • Completed VSLO application
  • Current Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of Recommendation from Internal Medicine faculty member or Letter of Support from local Clerkship Director
  • Brief Essay (less than one page)
  • Application deadline: April 5, 2024
  • Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis with a final decision no later than April 30, 2024.


If you have any questions about this program, please email Lindsey Ruff at