UCLA Visiting Student Scholarship in General Surgery 


The UCLA Department of General Surgery invites an outstanding fourth-year medical student who is interested in health equity, diversity, and inclusion and/or from an underrepresented socioeconomic background or geographic setting (i.e. rural), as defined by UCOP to apply for the 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 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 regarding VSLO: Amie Phan - [email protected]

Questions regarding the scholarship: Dr. Hattie Huston-Paterson - [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.