Washington University Department of Surgery Diversity Sub-internship Program 2018-2019

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The Department of Surgery at Washington University in St. Louis welcomes applications to our Diversity Sub-internship Program intended to support minority student experiences in academic surgery. The program will provide accepted sub-intern students with a four-week rotation at Washington University between July and October in general surgery or any of its subspecialties.

This program aligns with Washington University’s academic goal of fostering a diverse academic community to prepare tomorrow’s leaders locally and globally.  This program represents a continuum of the academic pipeline efforts to support and prepare students from a variety of backgrounds (see https://diversity.wustl.edu/initiatives/academic-pipeline-programs/).

Included in the program support is campus housing adjacent to the rotation site, as well as a $1500.00 stipend to help offset the cost of flights, fees and incidental expenses.


The Diversity Sub-internship Program is designed to give students with a diverse background the experience of rotating as a surgical sub-intern at Washington University in St. Louis Department of Surgery. The sub-intern will function in the role of a surgical intern and will be required to attend all conferences including core curriculum, morbidity and mortality conference, rotation-based clinical case conferences, and simulation lab experiences with the house staff.


The program is open to minority applicants who belong to groups that have been traditionally disadvantaged, underrepresented, or inadequately supported in medical training. We seek applications from racial minorities who have been historically underrepresented in the health profession including African American, American Indian, Alaska Native, Hispanic American and Pacific Islander.  We also seek applications from sexual and gender minorities such as those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender/gender nonconforming, queer/questioning, or intersex. Finally we seek applications from students whose pathway to medical training includes substantial personal or financial adversity. The criteria under which the application is submitted need not be explicitly stated nor do these represent mutually exclusive categories. The sub-internship is four weeks in duration and will only be offered between July and October. Students must be enrolled in their final year of medical school in good academic standing at an LCME-accredited medical school, and have completed all required core clerkships. Students will be accepted in to clinical rotations only if space is available during the preferred time period. In addition, all students must meet requirements set forth by the Washington University School of Medicine for all visiting students. More details can be found here: https://md.wustl.edu/academics/visiting-students/.


A brief statement of interest (500-word limit) is required which should express your interest in academic surgery, one letter of recommendation, curriculum vitae, USMLE scores, a photo, and a recent unofficial medical school transcript should be submitted by May 15, 2018 via email at asksurgery@wustl.edu. Decisions will be made by June 15, 2018.