Visiting Clerkship Program 30th Anniversary

Visiting Clerkship Program


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic Harvard Medical School Exchange Clerkship Program is suspending clinical elective opportunities for all visiting students through July 2021. Visiting clerkships are expected to be available starting in August 2021. For updates, please visit the Harvard Medical School clerkship web-page:

The Visiting Clerkship Program (VCP), sponsored by the Minority Faculty Development Program of the Harvard Medical School (HMS) Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership, provides support for fourth-year and qualified third-year medical students from groups underrepresented in medicine as defined by the AAMC, including, but not limited to, African-American, Hispanic/Latino and American Indian/Alaska Native, to participate in the HMS Exchange Clerkship Program.

VCP is designed to:

  • Increase medical student awareness of opportunities in academic medicine;
  • To increase student consideration of academic training programs for internship and residency; and especially
  • To increase the number of students applying to HMS-affiliated hospital training programs from groups underrepresented in medicine.


Clerkships are four weeks in length and are available, space permitting, to full-time fourth-year students in good standing at accredited US and Canadian medical schools. Third-year students who have completed their last quarter core clerkships in medicine, surgery, pediatrics, and obstetrics are also eligible. In addition to completion of core requirements, all students applying to the VCP must have completed USMLE Step 1 prior to the start of their rotation. VCP participants are assigned a faculty advisor and offered opportunities to network with HMS faculty, house staff and students. A faculty/student dinner seminar is held during each rotation. In addition, participants have access to HMS and the HMS Countway Library, as well as hospital seminars and workshops.

Out-of-state participants are eligible for a $2,500 stipend paid upon completion of the program. This stipend reimburses travel to and from Boston and housing while in Boston. The clerkship application fee for VCP participants is waived.

Interested in applying? Please review the 2021 Visiting Clerkship Program brochure for more details pdf


For 2021-2022 rotation dates, please visit the HMS Registrar's Exchange Clerkship webpage. The VCP supports students between May and November only.

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Hospital Affiliates

For a partial list of Harvard-affiliated hospitals and institutions which work in conjunction with the Visiting Clerkship Program please click here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please click here for frequently asked questions about the Visiting Clerkship Program.

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. MORE...


Information on residency updates, US Medical Licensing Examination, and other useful links for medical students


VCP 25th Anniversary

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Documents and Resources

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Transition to Residency Guidelines

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For further information about the Visiting Clerkship Program or to receive an application, please contact:

Visiting Clerkship Program
Harvard Medical School
164 Longwood Avenue, 2nd Floor
Boston, MA 02115-5818

Tel: 617-432-4422 Fax: 617-432-3834

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