Visiting Electives

Through both Boston University and Harvard University there are several programs that allow you to come visit the BCRP throughout medical school prior to applying that are focused on underrepresented groups in medicine.

Harvard Medical School Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Partnership

  • Visiting Research Internship Program: The Visiting Research Internship Program (VRIP) is an eight-week mentored, summer research program designed to enrich medical students’ interest in research and healthrelated careers, particularly  clinical/translational research careers. Eligible participants are first and second year medical students, particularly individuals from groups underrepresented in medicine and/or disadvantaged individuals. Housing is provided and financial assistance is also provided for transportation costs. To find out more, visit their website.
  • Visiting Clerkship Program: the Visiting Clerkship Program (VCP) provides support for fourth-year and qualified third-year medical students from groups underrepresented in medicine (African-American, Hispanic/Latino and American Indian/Alaska Native) to participate in the HMS Exchange Clerkship Program. Housing is provided and financial assistance is also provided for transportation costs. To find out more, visit their website.
  • Harvard Affiliated Residency Programs Showcase: An extension of the VCP program, the Harvard Affiliated Residency Programs Showcase provides provided URM medical students in their 3rd or 4th year from the New England region as well as other states with an opportunity to meet and network with Harvard affiliated residency program training directors, attending physicians, fellows and residents. The BCRP is always in attendance and it is a great way to chat with our current trainees and faculty!

Boston Medical Center Office of Minority Physician Recruitment

  • Subsidized Visiting Elective Program (SVEP): This program 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. Eligible participants are third year medical students who belong to a group considered to be
    underrepresented in medicine (Black/African-American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, and Pacific
    Islander/Native Hawaiian). Students that are accepted into the SVEP will be reimbursed up to $2,000 for travel,
    housing, and VSLO registration fee. To find out more, visit their website.

Institutional Resources

Because we are a combined program, the BCRP has access to resources and supports at both institutions. The
Diversity Council works together with the following offices and groups to meet our goals: