Visiting Clerkship Program

The Visiting Clerkship Program (VCP), sponsored by the Minority Faculty Development Program of the Harvard Medical School (HMS) Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership, provides support for fourth-year and qualified third-year minority (African American, Native American, and Hispanic American) medical students to participate in the HMS Exchange Clerkship Program.

VCP is designed to:

  • Increase medical student awareness of opportunities in academic medicine;
  • To increase student consideration of academic training programs for internship and residency; and especially
  • To increase the number of minority students applying to HMS-affiliated hospital training programs.
     

Clerkships are four weeks in length and are available, space permitting, to full-time fourth-year students in good standing at accredited US medical schools. Third-year students who have completed their last quarter core clerkships in medicine, surgery, pediatrics, and obstetrics are also eligible. VCP participants are assigned a faculty advisor and offered opportunities to network with HMS faculty, house staff and students. A minority faculty/student dinner seminar is held during each rotation. In addition, participants have access to HMS and the HMS Countway Library, as well as hospital seminars and workshops.

Financial assistance (up to $400) is available toward transportation costs to and from Boston. Housing is also provided.


HOSPITAL AFFILIATES

For a partial list of Harvard-affiliated hospitals and institutions which work in conjunction with the Visiting Clerkship Program please click here.


ROTATION DATES

For 2014-2015 rotation dates please click here.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Please click here for frequently asked questions about the Visiting Clerkship Program.


DOCUMENTS AND RESOURCES

AAMC
Transition to Residency Guidelines

TRAINING DIRECTORY
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VCP BROCHURE
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HMS COURSE CATALOG
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CONTACT

For further information about the Visiting Clerkship Program or to receive an application, please contact:

Visiting Clerkship Program
Project Coordinator
Harvard Medical School
164 Longwood Avenue, 2nd Floor
Boston, MA 02115-5818

Tel: 617-432-4422 Fax: 617-432-3834
E-mail: vcp_hpsp@hms.harvard.edu


Photo: Ann Elrington, MD, PhD, former VCP participant and her daughter at the VCP 20th Anniversary Celebration (by Jeff Thiebauth).