Visiting Clerkship Program

The Visiting Clerkship Program (VCP-ODI), a collaborative effort between the GW Medical Faculty Associates and the SMHS Office of Diversity and Inclusion, provides support for fourth-year medical students with an interest in health equity, diversity, and inclusion to participate in a variety of visiting clerkships. This opportunity intends to enhance students’ exposure to careers in academic medicine and to recruit students with a particular interest in the care of the under-served.


All fourth-year medical students in good standing at accredited US or Canadian medical schools.

  • Students must have completed all core clerkships, including Medicine, Surgery, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Obstetrics & Gynecology, and Primary Care/Family Medicine.
  • Students must have successfully passed USMLE Step 1.
  • Must directly apply to one of the available clinical rotations prior to applying for VCP-ODI support.

Clerkship Details

  • Clerkships are 4 weeks in duration and are completed based on the SMHS fourth-year calendar, beginning in July and ending in December.
  • Accepted students will receive a stipend of $1,000 towards travel and housing.
  • Clerkships are available in the following specialties:
  • Dermatology
    • Emergency Medicine
    • Internal Medicine (August and September)
      • Gastroenterology
      • Infectious Disease
      • Nephrology
      • Pulmonary
      • Palliative Care
    • Neurological Surgery
    • Neurology
    • Ophthalmology
    • Orthopedic Surgery
    • Surgery
    • OBGYN 
  • VCP-ODI participants are assigned a specialty advisor and will have an opportunity to meet one-on-one with the program director during the 4-week clerkship.
  • VCP-ODI students will be invited to participate in a student/faculty networking breakfast hosted by the SMHS Office of Diversity & Inclusion.

Please direct any questions regarding the VSLO application process to Gabriela Macias (click to send e-mail) . Specific questions regarding the four-week clerkship should be directed to the department of interest. Click here to get department specific contact information.