Funded Visiting Electives

Funded fourth-year medical student rotations in pediatrics will be available at Seattle Children’s Hospital from July through December 2019 for qualified applicants from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in medicine. Funding includes up to $2,500 for reimbursement of travel, housing, meals and application fees.

Program Description

Our visiting student program is designed to give students the opportunity to experience the exceptional training that the University of Washington (UW) has to offer. Students will spend four weeks either on one of the ward teams at Seattle Children's Hospital as an acting intern or as a nephrology elective student caring for patients in the clinic and on the wards. Other subspecialty services may be considered based on availability. They will care for a variety of patients ranging from general pediatrics to medically complex at our tertiary care center. Students completing an acting internship will do three weeks of day shifts and one week of night shifts. Students will also be expected to attend morning report and noon conference daily, as well as attend all scheduled house staff teaching sessions and conferences.

In addition to providing an enriching educational experience, this unique opportunity affords students rotating at Seattle Children's Hospital, the primary training site for the UW Pediatric Residency, a chance to form close working relationships with residents, fellows and attendings. Qualified applicants will be invited to interview for our residency in pediatrics at the UW during their rotation in Seattle.

Application Requirements

Applicants for the funded positions must come from backgrounds underrepresented in medicine. This includes African Americans/Blacks, Alaska Natives, American Indians, Mexican Americans, Native Hawaiians and mainland Puerto Ricans. Applicants must provide the following:

  • Brief statement of interest in pediatrics and the visiting rotation at Seattle Children’s Hospital (250-word limit)
  • One letter of recommendation, preferably from a pediatric attending
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Official medical school transcript
  • Completed Diversity Funded Elective application (DOC)

The application deadline is June 7, 2019. However, the program utilizes a rolling admission process in which students are accepted or waitlisted at the time of their submission of a complete application.

Applications will be reviewed by members of the Residency Diversity Committee. Applicants who are accepted for a funded rotation must also apply to and be accepted by the UW Visiting Student Program. Interested students should review that program's requirements.

Applicants not selected for the funded rotation may still apply for unfunded acting internships and electives.

Please email us with questions.