Underrepresented in Medicine (URiM) Visiting Student Scholarship

The Underrepresented in Medicine (URiM) Scholarship Program is a funded program for fourth-year medical students interested in completing an externship in Emergency Medicine. The program is designed to give students with backgrounds currently underrepresented in medicine an 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 see what Gainesville has to offer. Our goal is to increase the number of URiM students applying for a position in our residency, attending our program, and delivering care to our diverse patient population. This 4-week scholarship 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 URiM Scholarship 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 ConferenceServices.Housing.UFL.edu for more information.
  • $1000 stipend for travel and living expenses
  • Mentorship from URiM resident and/or faculty member
  • Career advising from 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 applicants who belong to groups that are recognized as historically underrepresented in medicine according to the AAMC definition. “Underrepresented in medicine means those racial and ethnic populations that are underrepresented in the medical profession relative to their numbers in the general population.” This includes African Americans and/or Black, American Indian, Alaska Native, Naive Hawaiian, Hispanic/Latinx, and Pacific Islander.

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

Our Department of Emergency Medicine uses a pre-application process in order to offer and hold a spot ahead of the VSLO opening. 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 URIM scholarship please complete the application below. You will be asked to enter/upload the additional application requirements through this application:

  • Do you identify with any underrepresented or historically excluded groups in medicine?
  • If you have faced challenging economic circumstances, please tell us how this scholarship may help you.
  • Letter of interest 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
  • Photograph
  • Letter of recommendation

Rotation dates with scholarship available:

  • Period 2 (Jun 6 – Jul 3)
  • Period 3 (Jul 4 – Jul 31)
  • Period 4 (Aug 1 – Aug 28)
  • Period 5 (Aug 29 – Sep 25)
  • Period 6 (Sep 25 – Oct 23)

Scholarship Application: Apply Here

Your application will be considered incomplete until you do so.

Link to VSLO

Link to University of Florida Office of Student Affairs for additional institutional specific information

Our decision to award the scholarship will NOT have any impact on your VSAS application.


For questions and additional information, please contact our Clerkship Director, Dr. Meredith Thompson (monin@ufl.edu), and our Clerkship Coordinator, Brygitt Pfaff (brygitt.pfaff@ufl.edu). Thank you for your interest in our program. We look forward to meeting you!