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COLLEGE OF MEDICINE

The Underrepresented in Medicine Visiting Student Program

The Underrepresented in Medicine Visiting Student Program is sponsored by the MUSC College of Medicine Dean's Office and individual departments.  The goal of this program is to recruit talented 4th year URM students to MUSC who have met all of the requirements for visiting student electives listed in VSAS.  The program provides support for African-American, Native American, and Hispanic students participating in a variety of rotations throughout MUSC.  The following departments currently participate in this program:

Anesthesiology

Dermatology

Internal Medicine

Neurosurgery

OBGYN

Otolaryngology

Pediatrics

Psychiatry

Radiology

Surgery

Urology

All URM students rotating through the participating departments will have the opportunity to meet with a member of the College of Medicine Dean’s Office and/or the residency program director during their time here at MUSC to discuss available opportunities for URM students. 

In addition, some departments provide financial assistance to select students for travel and educational related expenses.  To apply for these funds, students must first submit a completed VSAS application including the department specific requirements listed on the MUSC Homepage in VSAS as well as the following (details listed by department):

Anesthesiology:

  • Total students accepted: 1
  • Funding available: $1,000.00 toward educational expenses
  • Application Deadline for funding: June 1st
  • Additional Application Requirements: email to ANES Coordinator Dawn Leberknight expressing your desire to participate in this program. (leberkni@musc.edu)

Dermatology:

  • Total students accepted: 1
  • Funding available: $1,000.00
  • Application Deadline for funding:  June 1st
  • Additional Application Requirements: email to DERM Coordinator Cathy Barrus expressing your desire to participate in this program. (barrusc@musc.edu)

Internal Medicine:

  • Total students accepted: 4
  • Funding available: up to $1,500.00 toward educational expenses
  • Application Deadline for funding:  July 1st
  • Additional Application Requirements: email to MED Coordinator Mary Ann Snell expressing your desire to participate in this program (snellma@musc.edu). 

Neurosurgery:

  • Total students accepted: 1
  • Funding available: $1,000.00 toward educational expenses
  • Application Deadline for funding:  June 1st
  • Additional Application Requirements: email to NSCS Coordinator Caroline Diez expressing your desire to participate in this program (diezc@musc.edu).
    • USMLE Step 1 Board Score (official NBME transcript or verification letter from home school)
    • Brief personal statement including why you want to come to MUSC and why you are interested in Neurosurgery (200-300 words)
    • One letter of support from a Neurosurgery faculty member at your home institution. 

Obstetrics / Gynecology:

  • Total students accepted: 1
  • Funding available: $1,000.00 toward educational expenses
  • Application Deadline for funding: June 1st
  • Additional Application Requirements: email to OBGYN Coordinator Andrea Shrader expressing your desire to participate in this program (shradera@musc.edu).  Please include the following in your email to Marti:
    • USMLE Step 1 Board Score (official NBME transcript or verification letter from home school)
    • Brief personal statement including why you want to come to MUSC and why you are interested in OBGYN (200-300 words)
    • One letter of support from an OBGYN faculty member at your home institution. 

Otolaryngology:

  • Total students accepted: 1
  • Funding available: $1,000.00
  • Application Deadline for funding:  June 1st
  • Additional Application Requirements: email to OTOL Coordinator Anita Cheslek expressing your desire to participate in this program (cheslear@musc.edu).

Pediatrics:

  • Total students accepted: 1
  • Funding available: $1,000.00
  • Application Deadline for funding:  June 1st
  • Additional Application Requirements: email to PEDS Coordinator Melinda Slider expressing your desire to participate in this program (slider@musc.edu).
  • USMLE Step 1 Board Score (official NBME transcript or verfication letter from home school)

Psychiatry:

  • Total students accepted: 1
  • Funding available: $1,000.00 toward educational expenses
  • Application Deadline for funding:  July 1st
  • Additional Application Requirements: email to PSYCH Coordinator Melissa Jacob expressing your desire to participate in this program (jacobm@musc.edu).
    • USMLE Step 1 Board Score (official NBME transcript or verification letter from home school)
    • Brief personal statement including why you want to come to MUSC and why you are interested in Psychiatry (200-300 words)
    • One letter of support from a PSYCH faculty member at your home institution. 

Radiology:

  • Total students accepted: 1
  • Funding available: $1,000.00 toward educational expenses
  • Application Deadline for funding:  June 15th
  • Additional Application Requirements: email to Radiology Medical Student Coordinator, Claudia Richey, expressing your desire to participate in this program (richec@musc.edu).  Please include the following in your email to Lindsay:
    • USMLE Step 1 Board Score (official NBME transcript or verification letter from home school)
    • Brief personal statement including why you want to come to MUSC and why you are interested in Radiology (200-300 words)
    • One letter of support from a Radiology faculty member at your home institution.

Surgery:

  • Total students accepted: 2
  • Funding available: $1,000.00 toward educational expenses
  • Application Deadline for funding: July 1st
  • Additional Application Requirements: email to SURG Coordinator Ruth Fortini expressing your desire to participate in this program (fortini@musc.edu).  Please include the following in your email to Ruth:
    • USMLE Step 1 Board Score (official NBME transcript or verification letter from home school)
    • Brief personal statement including why you want to come to MUSC and what your future career plans are (200-300 words)
    • One letter of support from a faculty member at your home institution

Urology:

  • No funding available.
  • Students will have the opportunity to meet with the residency program director to discuss URM opportunities.
 
 
 

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