Visiting Student Diversity Scholarship

Reimagining Tomorrow’s Healthcare Leaders

Now accepting applications for
August, September, or October 2022

Application Deadline: June 30, 2022

The Sidney Kimmel Medical College has built an unparalleled reputation for reimagining the way we educate tomorrow’s healthcare leaders.

The Visiting Student Diversity Scholarship supports rising 4th year medical students from other medical colleges who wish to do surgical sub-internships within Jefferson’s Department of Surgery.

We encourage fourth-year Underrepresented Minority (URM) Medical Students to apply to explore an interest in academic surgery.

The Program will provide accepted "Acting Intern" students with a four-week rotation at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia for the months of August, Sptember or October in General Surgery or any of its subspecialties. The chosen applicants will function in the role of an intern and will be required to attend all conferences including:

  • core curriculum, 
  • morbidity and mortality conference, 
  • rotation-based clinical case conferences, and 
  • simulation lab experiences with surgical residents

Up to $1500 of expense reimbursements will be provided to help to defray the cost of transportation, fees, and housing expenses.

The program is open to applicants who belong to groups that are recognized as historically underrepresented in the health profession including:

  • African American
  • American Indian
  • Alaska Native
  • Hispanic/Latino 
  • Pacific Islander

Students must be enrolled in their final year of medical school in good academic standing at an LCME- or AΩA accredited medical school, and have completed all required core clerkships. Students will be accepted into clinical rotations only if space is available during the preferred time period.

In addition, all students must meet all requirements of the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University for visiting students.

Our Department provides first-rate training for students pursuing careers in general surgery or surgical subspecialties. The Scholarship creates the opportunity for future healers, investigators, and innovators to enhance their education by offering them the Jefferson learning experience – one that is second to none.

Philanthropic support of this invaluable program is essential to our mission here at Jefferson, providing a vital lifeline so these students can continue to achieve their full potential. They’ve dedicated their lives to helping others, and we want to help them achieve their goals.

Drs. Charles and Theresa Yeo have generously committed to kick start this program. Our goal is to reach the $100,000 minimum to endow this scholarship that will improve the diversity of our medical community for years to come. By making a gift to this fund, you will give a student a significant opportunity today that will have an impact to last them a lifetime.

For more information, please contact Kelly Austin,
Assistant Vice President of Development, at 215-955-6383 or

Application Process

Please email, Undergraduate Surgical Education Coordinator, to request an application.

Application Deadline: June 30, 2022

After you have been accepted, you must formally apply to the medical school electronically through VSAS to GENERAL SURGERY. For more information, go to our Visiting Student Page for clinical electives.

Office of Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives (ODII) at Sidney Kimmel Medical College supports an institutional framework that acknowledges the importance of a diverse community and an inclusive environment. ODII promotes initiatives and programs that increase awareness, understanding and sensitivity to the needs of all individuals regardless of age, class, physical ability, gender, gender identity, race, religion and sexual orientation.