Visiting Pediatrics Rotation Scholarship for Students Underrepresented in Medicine
The University of Wisconsin Department of Pediatrics welcomes medical students from backgrounds underrepresented in medicine to apply for our visiting elective in Pediatrics. We are an academic department located in vibrant Madison, Wisconsin. We strive to create a learning environment that is welcoming and inclusive, and we embrace diversity in all its forms— identity, culture, background, experience, ability status, and opinions.
This is a competitive process with two funded electives being offered this year. Funding includes up to $1000 reimbursement towards travel expenses and housing. Students will be responsible for securing their own housing. Students who are not offered a scholarship position are encouraged to apply for an unfunded visiting rotation through our regular Visiting Student Learning Opportunities (VSLO) process.
Our Department includes
- A free-standing 111-bed children’s hospital
- 17 subspecialty Divisions
- Numerous primary care and outreach sites both within and outside of Madison
- Robust clinical, research, advocacy and educational activities.
Our relationships with interdisciplinary UW Health Sciences programs, including nursing, pharmacy, and public health; access to the vast resources of the other colleges and schools on the UW’s main campus; and proximity to the state capitol mean the possibilities for innovation, collaboration and advocacy are endless!
With more than 175 faculty members, 15 pediatric residents per year, and sub-specialty fellowship programs, there is always something new and exciting happening. But if you ask most people who work here what they value most, nearly everyone will mention the wonderful people as our greatest asset! Our Department and residency program believe that achieving greater diversity will enhance our organization even further.
The students will have the option to:
- Participate as acting intern on the night-float inpatient team at American Family Children’s Hospital. The night float team includes both general pediatric and subspecialty services. This rotation provides significant autonomy, admitting experience, and the opportunity to build relationships with our residents.
- Rotate with one of a variety of available subspecialty services, which include a combination of consult and outpatient responsibilities.
Regardless of rotation selected, the student will also participate in learning conferences such as morning report, journal club, and block didactic sessions. We anticipate that the participant will enjoy experiencing first-hand the collegial atmosphere within or program, while having an enriching educational experience.
To be considered, an applicant must:
- Be in the final year of their medical training
- Have completed their core clerkship in Pediatrics
- Plan to apply for residency positions in Pediatrics
- Attend an LCME or AOA accredited medical school
- Be a U.S. citizen, Canadian citizen, or permanent resident of the United States
- Have received a passing score on USMLE step 1
- Identify as belonging to a population that is underrepresented in medicine as defined by the AAMC:“racial and ethnic populations that are underrepresented in the medical profession relative to their numbers in the general population”
- Be available to participate in a visiting clerkship during at least one of the designated time frames (August 2nd through 27th, 2021; August 30th through September 24th, 2021; September 27th through October 22nd, 2021)
- Be willing to adhere to institutional safety practices. At the time of this posting these include negative COVID test within 96 hours of start date; and ability to provide documentation of N-95 fit testing from your home institution. These are subject to change.
Interested residents should submit the following materials via email to Emily Ruedinger MD MEd at email@example.com by April 26, 2021.
- Brief cover letter which includes a declaration that you meet all of the above eligibility requirements
- Curriculum vitae
- Copy of your medical school transcript (unofficial transcript is acceptable)
- One- to two-page personal statement describing your career goals and your reason for interest in this visiting clerkship
- Please rank your date preferences (rank 1-3):
If your application is selected, we will contact you regarding your preferred experience based on availability for the month you will be visiting.
All applications received prior to April 26th, 2021 will be reviewed together, with decision notification (accepted, waitlist, decline) by May 3, 2021. We encourage you to submit your application prior to April 26th in order to receive full consideration. If spots remain after that date, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. All applicants applying after April 26th will be notified of a decision within 1 week. Applications will not be accepted after July 5, 2021.
Following acceptance, applicants must also apply through VSLO. We request that an accepted applicant submit all required VSLO materials within five business days of acceptance. Please reference VSLO for a list of these requirements.
Please direct questions to Emily Ruedinger MD, MEd at firstname.lastname@example.org