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Visiting Student Scholarship (formerly Residency Recruitment Program, or RRP)


Scholarship Description

UMass Chan Medical School offers visiting medical students from disadvantaged backgrounds the opportunity to participate in a four-week clinical elective in one of several departments: Dermatology, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Medicine/Pediatrics, Neurosurgery, Obstetrics and GynecologyPlastic Surgery, Pediatrics, Radiology, Surgery and Urology.

Students will be able to participate in educational and clinical activities that are offered to all students and meet with leadership, faculty and residents for mentoring on career interests.

In addition, the accepted students will receive a stipend of $1,500 to help offset their elective transportation expenses, food, and housing along with reimbursement of their $106 visiting student administrative fee. Please note applications need to be submitted at least two months prior to scheduled electives. Students must have been accepted for an elective in VSLO in order to qualify for the scholarship.

The Diversity and Inclusion Office works in collaboration with the T.H. Chan School of Medicine Office of Student Affairs and the Graduate Medical Education Office in supporting the Visiting Student Scholarship.


To qualify applicants must meet the following criteria.

  • Be a 4th year medical student enrolled in an accredited medical school in the USA, Canada or Puerto Rico.
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident.
  • Have a record of good academic standing.
  • Be approved for a visiting student elective at UMass Chan Medical School (VSLO)
  • VSS supplemental applications must be received two months prior to the start date of your elective.
  • Come from a disadvantaged background (including but not limited to socioeconomically disadvantaged, first-generation college student, experienced homelessness, faced educational disadvantages, disabled person, etc.)

How to Apply

*Students must first apply in VSLO® for an away rotation at UMass Chan Medical School. Applications must be received two months prior to the start date of your elective. You must be accepted for an elective in VSLO in order to qualify for the VSS. You can, however, submit the VSS supplemental application at any time after your VSLO application is submitted. We will keep it on record until we are able to review it.

Please review the Visiting Student Guidelines on our T.H. Chan School of Medicine at UMass Chan Medical School Student Affairs website:
http:// www.umassmed.edu/studentaffairs/curriculum/ advanced-studies2/electives-visiting-students/

**Applying for an Away Rotation at UMass Chan Medical School:
  Visiting Student Learning Opportunities™ (VSLO

Students should apply for their away rotation with us via the VSLO.

Available dates for 2024-2025 clinical electives:

M2 July 29, 2024 – August 23, 2024

M3 August 26, 2024 ‐ September 20, 2024

M4 September 23, 2024 ‐ October 18, 2024

M5 October 21, 2024 ‐ November 15, 2024
M6 November 18, 2024 ‐ December 13, 2024
M7 January 2, 2025 ‐ January 24, 2025
M8 January 27, 2025 ‐ February 21, 2025
M9 February 24, 2025 ‐ March 20, 2025
M10 March 24, 2025 ‐ April 18, 2025


**Applying for Visiting Student Scholarship:

If you are interested in applying for this scholarship, click here to complete UMass Chan Medical School Visiting Student Scholarship Application.

*Please be sure to include specific details about which electives you have chosen to apply to (name of elective & dates of rotation)

Required Supplemental Materials

  • Updated copy of Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Personal statement (500 words or less) explaining your interest in UMass Chan, what area of medicine you are planning to pursue and why, and how your status as a disadvantaged student has impacted your education and experiences within healthcare.


If you have any questions about the scholarship, please email Dr. Maria Garcia, maria.garciaMD@umassmed.edu