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Visiting Medical Students

Subsidized Visiting Elective Program

The Subsidized Visiting Elective Program (SVEP) provides financial assistance and support for under-represented minority medical students to gain clinical exposure within any of our departments in the form of a month long elective at Boston Medical Center, affiliate hospital of Boston University School of Medicine.

Students that are accepted into the SVEP will be reimbursed up to $2,000 for travel, housing, and VSLO registration fee. In addition, students will meet URM faculty, residents, and/or fellows, as well as have the opportunity to explore the city of Boston.

 Deadline April 26th 2019 (no longer accepting applications)


Who Qualifies

  • Currently enrolled full-time 3rd year medical students applying to senior electives
  • Good academic standing at a LCME accredited institution
  • Individuals belonging to a group considered under-represented in medicine (Black/African-American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, and Pacific Islander/Native Hawaiian)
  • US Citizens or permanent residents

How to Apply

This process requires two separate applications, the Subsidized Visiting Elective Application which awards the financial support, and the Visiting Student Learning Opportunities (VSAS/VSLO) which allows students to register for an elective at Boston University School of Medicine.

Step 1

A completed Subsidized Elective application consists of the following:

Please email your resume/cv and SVEP application directly to [email protected]. Official transcripts are to be mailed by school officials. (Please see below mailing address)

Boston Medical Center

Doctors Office Building

720 Harrison Ave Boston, MA, 02118

Attn: Jeff Schneider GME

Applicants that have been accepted into the program must complete Step 2 below.

Step 2

Notification of student's application status will be provided via email by early May. Accepted students will need to upload all the required documents into VSLO. Once documents are approved by BUSM Registrar Office students will be allowed to register for an elective starting April 5th 2019.

Students are responsible for arranging their elective with the clinical department. The Office of Minority Physician Recruitment will provide guidance and support to ensure accepted students secure the appropriate elective. Please note: elective rotations should be scheduled between July - November.