Residency Training Program

Visiting Elective Program in Pediatric Surgery for Underrepresented in Medicine Medical Students

This visiting elective program is a unique opportunity for fourth-year medical students who have overcome difficult paths to surgery (e.g., overcoming racism, sexism, xenophobia or poverty, among other forms of marginalization) and are interested in pursuing a career in general surgery or pediatric surgery and/or pediatric surgery subspecialties (transplant, colorectal, oncology, etc.)

Program Description

This elective will be awarded to two fourth-year students annually. The elective is a one-month experience in the summer and fall months. Students will spend this time with the Pediatric General Surgery service at Seattle Children’s Hospital, a premier free-standing children’s hospital and one of the original 15 pediatric surgery training programs in the United States. The student will be integrated into the service, including rounding on the ward patients, spending time in the operating room and participating in educational conferences. The experience can be tailored to any of the student’s specific clinical interests. In addition to clinical exposure, this experience will provide exposure to mentorship and longitudinal assistance with career development from our Pediatric Surgery faculty and residents. A stipend of $2,500 is included for travel, housing expenses and meals.

Program Goals

  • Encourage students to consider a career in pediatric surgery.
  • Enhance student awareness of opportunities in academic medicine.
  • Provide specific mentoring and networking for students who have navigated a difficult path to a career in surgery.

Application Requirements

Applicants for these funded positions should demonstrate academic excellence, leadership and extracurricular experience, and demonstrate a commitment to advancing and advocating for diversity and equity in the field of surgery, including, but not limited to, activities with established organizations (e.g., Student National Medical Association, Latino Medical Student Association, Association of American Indian Physicians, Society of Black Academic Surgeons, Latino Surgical Society, Association of Out Surgeons and Allies), volunteer work, academic/research pursuits or current attendance/graduation from minority serving institutions (e.g., Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, tribal colleges and universities). Those who apply to the program should be students who are highly motivated to pursue a career in general surgery and have interest in pediatric surgery. Students must be in good standing at an LCME-accredited United States medical school. Applicants must provide the following:

  • Brief statement of interest in pediatric surgery and the visiting rotation at Seattle Children’s Hospital (1,000-word limit) reviewing your reasons for wanting to participate, your career goals and how this experience would enhance those goals
  • Complete the VSLO application for the UW School of Medicine and apply to SURG 683.
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • One letter of recommendation from a clinical faculty member
  • Medical school transcript
  • USMLE Step 1 score. If already taken, also submit a Step 2 score report.
  • Completed Diversity Funded Elective Application (DOCX)

We began accepting applications February 1 for the 2024-25 academic year. Application materials can be emailed to Applicants will be notified by April 26 of acceptance.