Dear Prospective Visiting Student Program Participant,
Thank you for your interest in the Underrepresented Minority Visiting Student Program. As the Ohio State University and the Wexner Medical Center responds to COVID-19 we are working to ensure that we may accommodate your participation in a safe and responsible way.
At this time we are following guidance from the Association of American Medical Colleges with regard to determining how visiting student participants can engage with the Underrepresented Minority Visiting Student Program and participating OSU Wexner Medical Center departments.
Applications to the Underrepresented Minority Visiting Student Program will only be accepted from students who do not otherwise have the opportunity to rotate in the requested specialty at their home institution. A letter from the Deans office of the applicant’s institution of origin attesting to the absence of the specialty of interest is required and must be submitted along with the applicant’s application materials.
Acceptance for a rotation experience will also depend upon availability in the departments of interest, which we anticipate to be limited due to circumstances related to COVID-19.
While the information about the virus continues to evolve, flexibility among our partners will be key. Please bookmark this page for updates in the coming months. We thank you in advance for your patience.
Providing opportunities for medical students from underrepresented groups
The Visiting Student Program at the Ohio State University College of Medicine presents you with an exciting opportunity to experience a one-month rotation at one of America's top academic medical centers. This career development program aims to increase the percentage of students from underrepresented groups who train in one of our exceptional residency programs. The program provides support to the aspiring physician, with the overall aim to further a physician's ability to better address the unique health issues of our increasingly diverse communities.
You can explore a rotation in a great range of specialties, receive exposure to expert faculty mentors and breakthrough medical research, and experience the richness of academic medicine. You will also have the opportunity to be on the front lines of high-level care provided to diverse patient populations - in hospital and community-based settings - and help diagnose and treat conditions both every day and exotic.
In addition to active participation on the clinical rotation, students will have scheduled meetings with the Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion to facilitate career development and mentoring.
A $2,000 diversity scholarship will be offered – $1,000 prior to completion and $1,000 after completion of the rotation.
Application involves two phases. The first phase includes submitting a letter of intent and two letters of recommendation at least 12 weeks prior to the start of the fourth-year rotation. The letter of intent should describe your interest in Ohio State, including specialty and career aspirations, along with your personal history of activity and future plans to address health disparities. The letter should be no more than two pages in length. The letters of recommendation should comment on your academic performance and potential to excel in residency. One of the letters should be submitted by an assistant or associate dean from your medical school. Scanned PDF versions of the letters should be submitted confidentially by each author via email to:
The second phase of the application process will be completed by those students who are selected for the program after review of the three submitted letters. At least eight weeks prior to the rotation, please complete the Association of American Medical Colleges Visiting Student Application Service application via the VSAS website. In addition, the Underrepresented in Medicine Visiting Students will need to comply with the requirements listed on the visiting and international student page.
Additional Program Information
Students selected to participate in the OSU College of Medicine rotation will need to obtain their own housing. For more information on housing options, please consult Off-Campus and Commuter Student Engagement.
Please contact the OSU College of Medicine Office for Diversity and Inclusion at 614-688-8489 with any questions.
The Visiting Student Program allows you to explore your passion for medicine through a variety of specialty areas including:
- Emergency Medicine
- Family Medicine
- Internal Medicine
- Neurological Surgery
- Obstetrics and Gynecology
- Physical Medicine
- Plastic Surgery