Medical and Graduate
Visiting Clerkship Program
The Visiting Clerkship Program (VCP) provides support for fourth-year and qualified third-year medical students, especially those from groups underrepresented in medicine (URiM) as defined by the AAMC (e.g. African American, Hispanic, Latinx, American Indian, Alaskan Native) to participate in the Harvard Medical School (HMS) Exchange Clerkship Program. The VCP is sponsored by the Minority Faculty Development Program of the Harvard Medical School Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership.
VCP is designed to:
- Increase medical student awareness of opportunities in academic medicine.
- Increase student consideration of academic training programs for internship and residency.
- Increase the number of students applying to HMS-affiliated hospital training programs from groups underrepresented in medicine.
Clerkship Options and Scheduling
The Visiting Clerkship Program accepts students for May through November month rotations. VCP will support students for one clerkship month. Students are welcome to complete additional clerkships, but the VCP cannot provide financial or programmatic support for those extra months. Please visit the HMS Registrar’s Exchange Clerkship page for the dates for each month-long elective (scroll down to the calendar table). These dates are not flexible.
HMS places students in over 200 clerkships in all specialties across the Harvard-affiliates. Review these options within the ExClerk Catalog. Placement and scheduling is completed through the AAMC Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS) and is monitored by the HMS Registrar’s Exchange Clerkship Program administrator.
Students remain registered at their own schools while participating in exchange clerkships at Harvard Medical School. They are not officially enrolled as students at Harvard University.
Mentoring and Networking
VCP participants are assigned a faculty advisor and offered opportunities to network with HMS faculty, students, and staff. A lunch or dinner meeting for faculty and students is held during each rotation.
Participants in the Visiting Clerkship Program receive a stipend of $2,500 that is awarded at the end of the clerkship period.
To be eligible to apply for VCP you must:
- Identify as having a background in, or having strong support of, a population that is underrepresented in medicine.
- Be a full-time third or fourth year MD or DO student in good standing at an LCME- or COCA-accredited medical school.
- Have completed core clerkships in medicine, surgery, pediatrics, and obstetrics.
- Have completed USMLE Step 1 prior to the start of your rotation.
The VCP program accepts applications from students applying for rotations during the months of May - November. Note that spots within the VCP are limited and some applicants may be placed in a clerkship by the HMS registrar but not accepted into the VCP. In those cases, the applicant may still participate in their placed clerkship, but will not receive programmatic or financial support from the VCP.
1. Apply to your preferred clerkships following the HMS Registrar’s VSLO application instructions.
2. Before you begin your application for the VCP program, confirm a faculty member who has observed you in a clinical setting, who will be providing a letter of recommendation for you. You will not be able to submit your application without this information.
3. The deadline for the VCP application is the same as the deadline for the VSLO application. However, we will continue to consider applications for the VCP program up until six weeks prior to the start of the clerkship rotation, provided that space remains in the program.
4. To access the VCP application, click here.
|Rotation Month||Dates||Application Deadline*|
|May||May 1-28, 2023||January 31, 2023|
|June||May 30 - June 25, 2023||March 1, 2023|
|July||July 3 - 30, 2023||April 4, 2023|
|August||July 31 – August 27, 2023||May 2, 2023|
|September||August 28 - September 24, 2023||May 30, 2023|
|October||September 25 - October 22, 2023||June 27, 2023|
|November||October 23 - November 19, 2023||July 25, 2023|
* see #3 above.
2023 Visiting Clerkship Program and Harvard Affiliated Residency Webinars
Each year, the Harvard Medical School Visiting Clerkship Program (VCP) hosts a series of discussions with Harvard affiliated residency program directors. Join us to learn why you should choose Harvard for the next step in your medical career.
Tuesday, May 23, 2023, 12:00 - 1:00 ET | View webinar
Tuesday, May 30, 2023, 12:00 - 1:00 ET | View webinar
Tuesday, June 20, 2023, 12:00 - 1:00 ET | View webinar
Past Visiting Clerkship Program and Harvard Affiliated Residency Webinars:
HARVARD AFFILIATED RESIDENCY PROGRAMS SHOWCASE
The Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership, in collaboration with the Harvard-affiliated hospitals, hosted the Harvard Affiliated Residency Programs Showcase, providing URM medical students in their 3rd or 4th year with an opportunity to meet and network with Harvard affiliated residency program training directors, attending physicians, fellows and residents.
Resources for Medical Students
Information on residency updates, US Medical Licensing Examination, and other useful links for medical students