The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Internal Medicine residency programs strongly value diversity and inclusion. We invite fourth-year medical students from groups underrepresented in medicine (URiM) interested in pursuing a career in internal medicine, primary care internal medicine, combined internal medicine – pediatrics or their subspecialties to apply for our visiting student scholarship program.

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Program Benefits

The goal of our program is to expose senior medical students underrepresented in medicine 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 September and October
    • General internal medicine rotations and subspecialty rotations available
  • Course credit from home institution via application through the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) supported by VSAS/VSLO
  • Inclusion in resident conferences and activities
  • Mentorship by residents, faculty and residency program leadership
  • Dedicated URiM faculty serving as mentors
  • One-on-one meeting with vice chairs for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • 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
  • Additional meetings with Ohio State Wexner Medical Center faculty can be arranged at the request of the student based on areas of interest
  • Opportunities for social networking and building relationships with URiM residents and faculty while exploring Columbus, Ohio

Program Eligibility

  • Applicants must be in academic good standing and have completed core clinical clerkships with passing grades by the start of the rotation
  • Program focuses on fourth-year medical students who are from groups underrepresented in medicine (e.g., African American or Black, Hispanic or Latino, American Indian or Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander)

Why Ohio State?

Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center and College of Medicine recognition

  • No. 4 on Forbes’ list of Best Employers for Diversity in the U.S.
  • Named an HRC Healthcare Equality Index Leader for three consecutive years
  • No. 4 ranking for percentage of African American medical students at a 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 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

Columbus at a glance

  • 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 non-white


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

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