The UCLA Department of Pediatrics Visiting Elective Scholarship Program (VESP) provides financial support to senior U.S. medical students who are traditionally underrepresented in medicine, and who are interested in applying to UCLA for a senior clinical elective. The goal of the program is to expose these traditionally underrepresented senior medical students from institutions outside of the Los Angeles region to an academic pediatrics program, and to promote student interest in applying to the Pediatrics Residency Training Program at UCLA.
Similar programs currently exist at UCSF, University of Chicago, Johns Hopkins, University of Washington and Harvard.
The scholarship program will provide the following support to accepted senior medical students:
Applications for VESP will be accepted from prospective fourth year medical students at the time they are applying senior pediatric electives through the Student Affairs Office at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Medical students meeting the following criteria are encouraged to apply:
Application requirements for the scholarship include the following materials:
Scholarship awardees will be selected by members of the UCLA Department of Pediatrics Committee on Diversity.
UCLA Pediatrics Elective Scholarship Applications: April – September 2019 Pediatrics Elective Enrollment: June – December 2019 UCLA Pediatrics Residency Interviews: November 2019 – January 2020 Begin Residency: June 2020
The mission of the Pediatric Faculty Committee on Diversity is to promote a culture of inclusion and appreciation for diversity across multiple areas, including race/ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, and gender, in order to enhance patient care, teaching, and research within the Department of Pediatrics. Current objectives of the committee include: