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

Resident and program leadership at HMS Showcase
  • 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 health-related careers, particularly  clinical/translational research careers. Eligible participants are first and second year medical students, particularly individuals from groups underrepresented in medicine and/or low-income backgrounds.  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/Latinx 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 UIM 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 UIM medical students to gain clinical exposure within any of our departments in the form of a month-long elective at Boston Medical Center the affiliate hospital of the 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/Latinx, 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 the VSLO  registration fee. To find out more, visit their website.