Diversity in Pediatrics Visiting Student Elective Award

The University of Minnesota Department of Pediatrics recognizes the role of racism in medical education both interpersonally and systemically.  One result of this racism is historically excluded populations of medical providers on the basis of race, also referred to as Under-Represented in Medicine (URiM). To support URiM students the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota is pleased to offer the Diversity in Pediatrics Visiting Elective Award.  This award is intended to support URiM students through mentorship, networking, academic exposure outside of their primary institution, and funding.

  • To Qualify
  • Eligible Electives
  • Award Benefits
  • To Apply
  • To Qualify

    To Qualify Students Must Be:

    • Currently Enrolled 3rd or 4th Year Medical Students 
    • In good academic standing with an LCME or COCA accredited U.S. Institution
    • Applying or strongly considering Pediatric residency or Med/Peds residency
    • Accepted to a visiting elective via VSAS
      • Including meeting pre-requisite requirements per specific elective
    • Belonging to a historically excluded group (under-represented in medicine) including Black/African-American, Latinx/Hispanic, Native American, Pacific Islander, Native Hawaiian, Filipino, Hmong, Vietnamese, and/or mainland Puerto Rican
  • Eligible Electives

    Please see below for a list of eligible electives. Participants must meet specific prerequisite requirements for a given elective.

    • PED 7534 - Peds Cardiology
    • PED 7535 - Peds Infectious Diseases
    • PED 7536 - Peds Heme/Onc and BMT
    • PED 7537 - Peds Endocrinology & Metabolism
    • PED 7538 - Peds Gastroenterology & Nutrition
    • PED 7543 - Peds Nephrology
    • PED 7544 - Peds Pulmonary Disease
    • PED 7548 - Clinical Genetics
  • Award Benefits

    • Mentorship and Networking
      • Meet with the Vice Chair of Education in Pediatrics and Program Director, Emily Borman-Shoap, MD
      • Meet with the Director of Medical Student Education in Pediatrics, Molly F Wyman, MD
      • Meet with Trainee Diversity Council Faculty Mentor
      • Work with residents and faculty throughout the department
    • Practice Residency Interview with Feedback (optional)
    • Guaranteed Pediatrics Residency Interview Opportunity at the University of Minnesota
    • $2,500 stipend to be used for transportation, housing, meals, unforeseen expenses, and upcoming application costs
  • To Apply

    Step 1: Complete initial application

    Step 2: When an elective is secured through VSLO/VSAS follow up with full application here including:

    • Brief Statement of Interest (250 word limit)
    • Resume or Curriculum Vitae (collected via VSLO/VSAS)