Visiting Medical Student Scholarship Program

Diversity in Pediatric Medicine Visiting Student Elective Scholarship

Our visiting student program aims to provide students from backgrounds underrepresented in medicine (UiM) with an excellent pediatric elective experience while exposing students to all that UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital, our pediatric family, and Gainesville has to offer. Our goal is to increase the number of UiM students applying to our pediatric residency program, matriculating our program, and caring for our diverse population of patients. 

Our institution is a quaternary care referral center in north central Florida with over 120,000 outpatient visits and over 10,000 inpatients each year.  With an amazing breadth and depth of patients cared for by generalist and subspecialists, students will encounter a variety of patients that will enhance their learning and prepare them for residency.  Students will be immersed in an environment dedicated to excellence in teaching, clinical care, advocacy, and equity with faculty, fellows, residents, and staff in the Department of Pediatrics. 

Scholarship-based elective rotation benefits include:

  • Students can select inpatient or outpatient rotations
  • Students will attend conferences including Academic Half Day and Morning Report
  • Meeting with the Program Director
  • Meeting with the Chair
  • Mentorship with a UiM faculty member
  • Mentorship with a UiM resident or fellow
  • Students will be offered an interview
  • $2500 reimbursement for travel to and from Gainesville and lodging
  • $40 reimbursement for VSLO application fee

Application Requirements

Applicants for funded positions must come from backgrounds underrepresented in medicine as listed below in the AAMC definition, “Underrepresented in medicine means those racial and ethnic populations that are underrepresented in the medical profession relative to their numbers in the general population.” This lens currently includes students who identify as African Americans and/or Black, Hispanic/Latino, Native American (American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians), and Pacific Islander. All applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis by the Department of Pediatrics Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee- Education Subcommittee members.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Final year of medical school at an LCME-accredited medical school
  • Good standing in medical school
  • Completion of core clerkship in pediatrics
  • Applying for residency position in pediatrics

Applicants must provide the following by the application deadline (June 30th):


Please contact our Pediatric Medical Education Staff Program Manager Meghan Lopez.

Thank you for your interest in our program.  We look forward to meeting you!