Underrepresented Minority Medical Students

Program Overview

Three funded visiting clerkship positions in the general surgery and general surgery subspecialties will be available at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) in Philadelphia, PA from August through October of 2020 for highly qualified applicants from backgrounds underrepresented in medicine.

  • Funding will include up to $1500 for reimbursement of travel and housing
  • Each student will be provided a resident or faculty member that will serve as a mentor and advisor
  • Each student will have the opportunity to meet with the General Surgery Program Director
  • Students will have the opportunity to speak to a current General Surgery Resident for advice on succeeding during their clerkship

Program Description

The purpose of this visiting clerkship program is to give students the opportunity to experience the premier general surgery training experience offered at the University of Pennsylvania. Also, this clerkship experience will allow the students an opportunity to form a relationship with current house staff and faculty.

Students will have the opportunity to rotate on one of four 4 week rotations: Hepatobiliary Surgery, Surgical Oncology, General Surgery/Foregut Surgery and Colon Rectal Surgery. Students will be expected to function at the level of an advanced medical student. They will be expected to actively prepare for and participate in morning rounds, attend all available operations and give at least one formal presentation during the course of their rotation. Students will be expected to attending all divisional and departmental conferences during this time.

Application Requirements

  • Applicants for the funded clerkship must come from backgrounds underrepresented in medicine. UIM students are now considered to be Black/African-American, Hispanic/Latino, or Native American (American Indian, Native Hawaiian, Alaskan Native, mainland Puerto Rican).
  • Applicants must:
    • Complete the online application form (active starting in February)
    • Provide a personal statement discussing career goals
    • Provide one letter of recommendation, preferably from a surgical attending
    • Provide a curriculum vitae
    • Provide an official medical school transcript
    • Provide a photograph
  • Applications will be reviewed by the Department of Surgery Education Diversity Committee. The application deadline is May 7, 2021.

Applications should be sent to:

Gabriella Bressi
Undergraduate Medical Education Coordinator

Mailing Address
Department of Surgery Education
Diversity Committee
3400 Spruce Street
Maloney Building, 4th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19104