Minority Visiting Clerkship Program

2019-2020 Clerkship Catalog available as of April 1, 2019

The Minority Visiting Clerkship Program (MVCP) is co-sponsored by the University of Chicago Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, and the Departments of Medicine, Pediatrics and Surgery as a supplement to our regular Visiting Clerkship Program. This competitive program provides mentoring, networking, and stipend support for URiM, fourth-year students participating in the Visiting Clerkship Program. Successful candidates will advance our diversity and inclusion mission at the Medical School and become prospects for academic training programs for internship and residency at the University of Chicago Medicine. More information about diversity and inclusion at University of Chicago Medicine is available here:

University of Chicago Medicine is a nationally recognized academic center offering cutting edge clinical care to communities on the south side of Chicago as well as to patients referred from regional and national sources. University of Chicago Medicine is located in one of Chicago’s most diverse communities, Hyde Park.

Program Details
As with all visiting students, eligible participants must be full-time, fourth year medical students in good standing at LCME-accredited US medical schools; third-year students who have completed their core clerkships in medicine, surgery, pediatrics, and obstetrics are also eligible to apply.

Mentoring and Networking
MVCP participants are assigned a faculty advisor and offered opportunities to network with other University of Chicago faculty, interns, residents and students. 

Financial Assistance
The program will pay a $1,000 stipend to MVCP students to support costs associated with participation. MVCP participants who complete their rotation will be paid at the end of the rotation. 

The University owns and manages units for rent to University graduate and professional students, including our visiting students. Here are some helpful links for learning more about University-owned housing:

UChicago Department of General Surgery website

  • Endocrine Surgery
  • Minimally-invasive Surgery
  • Breast Surgery
  • Surgical Oncology/Hepatobiliary
  • Colorectal Surgery

UChicago Department of Pediatrics website

  • Infectious Disease
  • Gastroenterology
  • Pulmonology
  • Rheumatology
  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine
  • Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
  • Mother Baby Unit (previously General Care Nursery)
  • Neurology
  • Inpatient Hematology/Oncology
  • Endrocrine

UChicago Department of Medicine website

  • Cardiology Consults
  • Clinical Dermatology
  • Endocrinology Consults
  • Clinical Gastroenterology
  • Hematology Oncology Consults
  • Infectious Disease Consults
  • Nephrology Consults
  • Pulmonary Consults
  • Rheumatology Outpatient Consults
  • Emergency Medicine Consults

Program Length & Rotation Dates
Clerkships are four to five weeks in length total or for a full calendar month. Meaning, you may select two, 2-week clerkships or one clerkship for the entire duration. The clerkship academic year runs from July 1 through June 30, annually. Most clinical electives begin on the first weekday of each month. 

Requirements & Application
This is initiative is aimed at fourth-year medical students who have been traditionally underrepresented in U.S. medical schools - Blacks/African Americans, Mexican-Americans, Native Americans (American Indians, Alaskan Natives, and Native Hawaiians), mainland Puerto Ricans, and Asians (Hmong, Vietnamese, Laotian, and Filipino only)

  • Applicants must submit all required items through VSAS in addition to completing the MVCP student application.
  • The MVCP application should be downloaded, completed and saved, and then uploaded into VSAS and assigned to University of Chicago. You must apply for the MVCP 99000 Minority VIsiting Clerkship Program Elective, in addition to the elective you are requesting. 
  • Do not forget to upload your Step1 Score. 
  • The completed VSAS and MVCP application should be submitted at least three months prior to the desired rotation.
  • Students must apply to electives at least 37 days prior to their requested rotation date.

The VSAS application requires the following:

  1. Transcript
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Immunization Form
  4. Photo
  5. Scholarship Clerkship Application Form
  6. USMLE Step I Scores