UCLA Visiting Student Scholarship in General Surgery 


The UCLA Department of Surgery and General Surgery Residency Program invites an outstanding fourth-year medical student who is interested in health equity, diversity, and inclusion and/or who identifies as a first-generation student to attend college, lower socioeconomic status, or from a rural background, to apply for the Health Equity Visiting Student Scholar Program.

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 $3000 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)


  • Students must be in their MS4 year and applying into General Surgery
  • Students must be in good academic standing at a U.S. medical school.
  • A complete Visiting Student Learning Opportunity (VSLO) application must be submitted for the elective ‘SU440.01: Surgery: General Surgery: Oncology’
  • Students must select a rotation date between July - October

How to Apply

  • Complete the VSLO form
  • Select ‘SU440.01: Surgery: General Surgery: Oncology’
  • Submit the separate Visiting Scholarship in General Surgery Form here
  • Deadline for application is May 15, however early applications are encouraged


General administrative questions: Kimberly Merida-Chan -  [email protected]

Questions regarding the scholarship: Dr. Juan Carlos Jimenez - [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.