HBC Visiting Student Scholar

UCLA Visiting Student Scholarship in General Surgery 

For an Outstanding Final Year Medical Student from a Historically Black College 


The UCLA Department of General Surgery invites an outstanding fourth-year medical student from Howard University College of Medicine, Meharry Medical College, or Morehouse School of Medicine annually to experience our culture of excellence, purpose and community at UCLA. 

We pride ourselves on the breadth of our intellectual pursuits - from basic science to outcomes research to robust studies in surgical equity. We are committed to providing the highest-complexity surgical care to patients from all walks of life. We are dedicated to fostering workforce diversity at every level in the department.   


  • Up to $2000 reimbursement for the elective fee, travel to Los Angeles, and housing in Los Angeles for the duration of the rotation
  • The Student Scholar will spend a 3 week sub-internship on our Complex Surgical Oncology Service
  • You will be assigned to a resident mentor to communicate with during your time at UCLA
  • You will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with the General Surgery Program Director (Dr. Donahue), or the Assistant Program Director (Dr. Agopian) 


  • Students must be in their MS4 year and applying into General Surgery during the 2022-2023 application cycle
  • Students must be in good academic standing at either Howard University College of Medicine, Meharry Medical College, or Morehouse School of Medicine
  • A complete VSAS application must be submitted for the elective ‘SU440.01: Surgery: General Surgery: Oncology’
  • Students must select a rotation date between July - October 2022 

How to Apply


General Administrative questions regarding VSAS: Lorraine Hartman - [email protected]

Questions regarding the scholarship: Dr. Hattie Huston-Paterson - Champion for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion for the General Surgery Residency - [email protected]

Please note: Our Surgical Oncology Service provides the best access to General Surgery residents across clinical years, as well as senior faculty members, including the Residency Program Leadership. You do not need to be interested in a career in Surgical Oncology to apply.

If you feel that you meet these criteria, you are welcome to apply.  Please contact Dr. Huston-Paterson if you have questions about these recommendations or your eligibility.