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

Scholarship Description

UMass Chan Medical School offers visiting medical students from backgrounds underrepresented in medicine (UriM) the opportunity to participate in a four-week clinical elective in one of 10 departments: Dermatology, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Medicine/Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, 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.

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.
  • Applications must be received two months prior to the start date of your elective.
  • Come from backgrounds that are underrepresented in medicine as defined by the AAMC criteria.

How to Apply

*Students must first apply in VSLO®/VSAS® for an away rotation at UMass Chan Medical School. Applications must be received two months prior to the start date of your elective.

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

*Applying for an Away Rotation at UMass Chan Medical School:
  Visiting Student Learning Opportunities™ (VSLO) /
  Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS) 

Students should apply for their away rotation with us via the VSLO/Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS).

Available dates for 2021-2022 clinical electives:
M5 October 18, 2021 – November 12, 2021
M6 November 15, 2021- December 10, 2021
M7 January 3, 2022 – January 28, 2022
M8 January 31, 2021 – February 25, 2022
M9 February 28, 2022- March 25, 2022
M10 April 4, 2022 – April 29, 2022
M11 May 2, 2022 – May 27, 2022

*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.


If you have any questions about the program, please do not hesitate to contact Anne K. Swift at (508) 856-5544 or email