The University of Wisconsin Department of Pediatrics is an academic department located in vibrant Madison, Wisconsin. Our Department and residency program believe that achieving greater diversity will enhance our organization even further. We strive to recruit a workforce that mirrors our patients, and recognize this is an important factor to promoting health equity. We embrace diversity in all its forms— race, ethnicity, culture, gender, experience, ability status, and more.
A visiting rotation is a great way to get to know our program and our city! All students are welcome to apply for visiting rotations through the Visiting Student Learning Opportunities (VSLO) process. We especially encourage medical students from backgrounds underrepresented in medicine to apply for a visiting elective in Pediatrics. Interested students can also apply for a $2000 scholarship for travel expenses and housing. This is a competitive application process. Students who are not offered a scholarship are still encouraged to apply for an unfunded visiting rotation through our regular VSLO process.
With more than 175 faculty members, 15 pediatric residents per year, and numerous 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 includes
- A free-standing 111-bed children’s hospital
- 16 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.
To learn more about our commitment to elevating Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Anti-Racism please visit our Departmental and Residency Program websites.
Visiting students will have the opportunity to rotate with one of a variety of available subspecialty services, which include a combination of consult and outpatient responsibilities. Available rotation dates are 9/4/23-9/29/23 and 10/2/23-10/27/23. Subspecialty options may include: cardiology, endocrinology & diabetes, hematology/oncology, pulmonology and infectious disease. You will be advised of specific sub-speciality availability for your preferred month if scholarship is offered; this varies depending on placement of local and other visiting students.
Regardless of rotation selected, the student will have the opportunity to:
- Participate in learning conferences such as morning report, journal club, and block didactic sessions.
- Meet with our program director and faculty engaged in clinical and/or academic work in area(s) of particular interest to the applicant
- Experience first-hand the collegial atmosphere within or program, while having an enriching educational experience
- Learn more about our Departmental and Residency Program Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives. If desired by students from backgrounds underrepresented in medicine, we will facilitate meeting with faculty and/or residents with shared identities, and with the Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
All students interested in rotating here are encouraged to apply via VSLO. If not applying for a scholarship, no further action is needed.
To be considered for a scholarship, 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 or COMLEX Level 1
- Be available to participate in a visiting clerkship in at least one of the designated time frames listed above
- Be willing to adhere to institutional safety practices. At the time of this posting these include providing evidence of COVID-19 vaccination and booster; and ability to provide documentation of N-95 fit testing from your home institution. These are subject to change
- Complete the additional application instructions listed below
Students who are interested in applying for this competitive scholarship should submit the following materials via email to Emily Ruedinger, MD MEd at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Brief cover letter which includes a declaration that you meet all of the above eligibility requirements. Within the cover letter, please specify all dates and subspecialities that you would be willing to accept, and state if you have any preferences among those dates/specialties.
- 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. Applicants are encouraged to include commentary on facets of their identity and/or lived experience that enhance diversity in pediatrics; URiM status; and/or other unique and relevant characteristics.
Scholarship applications will be reviewed starting on June 26, 2023 and on a rolling basis thereafter. If you are applying after June 26, 2023, please reach out regarding remaining availability.
Students who are offered a scholarship must also apply through VSLO, but may defer on the VSLO application until their scholarship application has been reviewed. Students who have not yet completed a VSLO application when a scholarship is offered must apply for a visiting student rotation in Pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin and submit all required VSLO materials within five business days of accepting the scholarship.
Please direct questions to Emily Ruedinger MD, MEd at email@example.com.