Visiting Student Diversity Scholarship

Due to COVID-19, we are unable to accept visiting students this academic year. We are hopeful this scholarship can be resumed for the 2021 application season.

We are please to offer a new Visiting Student Diversity Scholarship Program for 4th year medical students who are interested in Surgery. The program will be offered to several eligible students in the late summer/early fall of the academic year 2020-2021.

The Department of Surgery at the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Center City, Philadelphia, encourages fourth-year medical students who are underrepresented in medicine to apply to explore an interest in academic surgery.

The Program will provide accepted "Acting Intern" (4th year medical) students with a four-week rotation at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital for the months of June, July, August, September or October in General Surgery or any of its subspecialties.

The Program will also provide up to $1,500 of expense reimbursement to help defray the cost of transportation, fees, and housing expenses.

The Program is designed to give 4th year medical students the experience of rotating as a surgical "Acting Intern". They 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

The program is four weeks in duration and will only be offered in the late summer and early fall of the academic year. 

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
  • LGBTQ

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.

Please email Sherry.Weitz@jefferson.edu, Undergraduate Surgical Education Coordinator, to request an application.

Application Deadline: TBA (On hold due to COVID 19)

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.