Diversity is central to the mission of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (UWSMPH) and the UW Department of Surgery in meeting the health needs of the people of Wisconsin and beyond through excellence in education, research, patient care, and service.
Therefore, the UW Department of Surgery in collaboration with UW School of Medicine and Public Health is committed to educating an ethnically and racially diverse group of clinicians and scholars while maintaining an open, inclusive and respectful learning and working environment.
To support these goals, the UW Department of Surgery offers the Underrepresented Minority Visiting Elective Scholarship Program for students pursuing a visiting elective in general surgery to encourage cultural diversity amidst its educational programs.
About the program
The Underrepresented Minority Visiting Elective Scholarship Program supports individuals desiring a 4-week visiting elective in general surgery at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Scholarships are available in amounts up to $2000 for students to use to cover tuition, travel, housing and living expenses associated with the visiting elective.
Individuals from underrepresented minority populations including African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, Native Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islanders are eligible for the program. Additionally, applicants must be:
- Current students in good academic standing at a LCME-accredited medical school in the United States entering their fourth-year of medical education
- U.S. citizens or permanent residents
Positions are available in mid-September through late-October.
Students interested in applying for a general surgery residency at UW will have the opportunity to interview for residency during their visiting elective.
Interested students are required to submit an application in the form of one PDF document via email to Elizabeth Bingman at firstname.lastname@example.org. The application should include:
- one page personal statement of interests and career goals
- curriculum vitae
- a minimum of one recommendation letter from a third year clerkship faculty supervisor
- medical school transcript
Applications must be submitted by June 1 of the year an elective is desired. Applicants will be notified in early-mid July of the outcome of their application.
Students receiving a scholarship will be required to apply as a visiting student through the UW School of Medicine and Public Health and pay the $125 nonrefundable fee.
The Medical Student Education Office in the UW Department of Surgery will work with each recipient to identify a four-week period for the elective that fits the availability of the program.
Scholarship checks will be issued after the recipient has successfully completed the first two weeks of their visiting elective.
I’m interested in a visiting elective in vascular surgery at UW. May I apply for the scholarship?
Yes, applications will be considered from those interested in a vascular surgery elective.
This program is administered through the Medical Student Education Office in the UW Department of Surgery. If you have additional questions about this program, please contact:
Minority Visiting Elective Scholarship Program Administrator