Visiting Student Diversity Award

The Visiting Student Diversity Award program is a funded opportunity for fourth-year medical students interested in completing an externship in Emergency Medicine. The program is designed to give students that have demonstrated an interest in advancing diversity the opportunity to gain clinical exposure to Emergency Medicine in our tertiary care adult and children’s hospitals. In addition, the rotation will introduce students to our EM family and allow them to experience what Gainesville has to offer. Our goal is to recruit a diverse group of applicants for a position in our residency and to deliver care to our unique patient population. This 4-week opportunity is offered during the months of June through October. Externships are four weeks in duration and are available to students that meet the requirements of the University of Florida College of Medicine.

UFHealth Shands is an academic university hospital that sees approximately 100,000 adult and 30,000 pediatric emergency department visits annually. We are a Level I Trauma Center, AHA/ASA Comprehensive Stroke Center, ACC Accredited Chest Pain Center, and ACS Verified Burn Center. Our patient acuity is high: 35% arrive by EMS, 3% are triaged as ESI-1, and 4.1% require critical care. Students will have the opportunity to work at our adult and pediatric sites with our talented faculty and residents. In addition to clinical work, they will join in weekly resident conference, medical student only teaching sessions in our state-of-the-art Center for Experiential Learning and Simulation (CELS), and complete a ride along with our local EMS service.

The Award includes:

  • Single occupancy housing walking distance from clinical and educational sites. These units are located at Beaty Towers and Yulee Hall. Both units include a private bathroom, parking, and a kitchenette. Visit for more information.
  • $1000 stipend for travel and living expenses
  • Mentorship from a resident and faculty member
  • Career advising from the clerkship director and EM resident medical student liaisons
  • Departmental standardized letter of evaluation (SLOE) upon request
  • Interview offer with our residency program

Application Requirements

The program is open to all applicants who have demonstrated a commitment to advancing and advocating for diversity, equity, and inclusion. This includes but is not limited to activities with established organizations (e.g. Student National Medical Association, Latino Medical Student Association, Association of American Indian Physicians), volunteer work, academic/research pursuits, or current attendance/graduation from minority serving institutions (e.g. Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, tribal colleges and universities). Other qualifications to be considered include the applicant’s success in overcoming or helping others to overcome barriers as well as first generation medical school students. Applicants of any race may apply. 

Eligibility requirements:

  • Final year of medical school at an LCME-accredited medical school
  • Good standing in medical school
  • Completion of third year of medical school upon date of attendance
  • Applying for residency position in emergency medicine

Please note that, if accepted, this is a conditional acceptance, and all applications must be submitted through VSLO for final institutional approval.

To apply for the Visiting Student Diversity Award please complete the application below. You will be asked to enter/upload the additional application requirements through this application:

  • Brief explanation of why advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion is important to you and how you have demonstrated commitment to advancing and advocating for initiatives in this realm (500 words or less). 
  • If you have faced challenging economic circumstances, please tell us how this opportunity may help you.
  • Letter of interest as to why you are seeking a rotation at the University of Florida, Gainesville Department of Emergency Medicine (500 words or less)
  • CV/resume
  • USMLE Step 1 or COMLEX

Rotation dates with opportunity available:

  • Period 2: June 5 – July 2, 2023 
  • Period 3: July 3 – 30, 2023 
  • Period 4: July 31 – August 27, 2023 
  • Period 5: August 28 – September 24, 2023
  • Period 6C: September 25 – October 22, 2023

Application: Apply Here

Your application will be considered incomplete until you do so.

Visit the University of Florida Office of Student Affairs for additional institutional specific information.


For questions and additional information, please contact our Clerkship Director, Dr. Meredith Thompson (, and our Clerkship Coordinator, Hayden Evans (