The Office of Student and Resident Diversity (OSRD) aims to increase the diversity of our residency programs while supporting residents' unique needs. Whether you completed medical school at UC Davis or another institution, we are committed to making you feel welcome here!

Diversity in Medicine Visiting Elective Program

Fourth-year medical students from other schools may choose to take an away rotation at UC Davis School of Medicine, especially if they are interested in matching into a UC Davis residency program. The Diversity in Medicine Visiting Elective Program provides support for fourth-year students who are underrepresented in medicine and/or from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

"I was initially nervous to spend a month in a new city where I did not know anyone, but everyone in the Office of Student and Resident Diversity made me feel as if I was one of their own students from the very beginning."

- Ciera Oshodi, 2017 VEP Scholar

Students in the program will receive:

  • Reimbursement of travel costs (up to $500) to and from Sacramento
  • $500 food allowance
  • Reimbursement of UC Davis application processing fee ($300)
  • Housing for the rotation (subject to availability)
  • Unique networking opportunities with OSRD and student interest groups

Eligibility: Eligible participants are full-time, fourth-year medical students in good standing at accredited U.S. medical schools. Students remain registered at their own schools while participating in the four-week elective at UC Davis. Each student must complete an application form through the American Association of Medical Colleges’ Visiting Student Learning Opportunities (VSLO) Application Service at

Application process: Students are encouraged to apply to the program by the deadlines below for full consideration. Please fill out the application below (including personal statement and current transcript) and send all materials to

Application Deadlines:

  • For rotation start dates in July-September: Friday, May 11, 2018
  • For rotation start dates in October-January: Friday, June 29, 2018
  • For other rotation start dates: at least three (3) months in advance of start date

NOTE: You do not have to be officially accepted into a rotation in VSLO to apply for the Visiting Elective Program.

Click here for UC Davis School of Medicine Visiting Elective Program Application (PDF)

If you have any questions about the Visiting Elective Program, please contact Shea Hazarian at

Other Visiting Student Resources

The following academic departments offer their own scholarship programs for visiting students. Please click on the department name to learn more.

For more information on applying to a fourth-year elective at UC Davis, visit the Office of the Registrar's Visiting Medical Students page.

Countdown to the Match

Wishing a warm welcome to all of our new UC Davis residents! Check out some of the resources available to you on our Current Residents page.