UCLA Visiting Student Scholarship in General Surgery 

For Outstanding Final Year Medical Students from Underrepresented Backgrounds


The UCLA Department of General Surgery invites an outstanding fourth-year medical student who self-identifies as Underrepresented in Medicine (African American, Latinx, Native American, Native Hawaiian, mainland Puerto Rican) - or otherwise identifies as underrepresented in medicine from a social, economic, or educational perspective - 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 a U.S. medical school
  • Students must self-identify as Underrepresented in 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 Team provides the highest-level access to general surgery residents across clinical years, as well as high-level faculty and the Residency Program Leadership. You do not need to be interested in a career in Surgical Oncology to apply.