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Underrepresented in Medicine M4 Rotation Scholarship

The University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga Department of Pediatrics strives to recruit and retain trainees that reflect the diversity represented in our patients. We believe that having physicians that reflect the population that we serve results in better healthcare outcomes. The Department offers multiple scholarships (up to $1,500 each, reimbursement for housing, travel and meals) for visiting URiM fourth year medical students taking part in a 4-week General Pediatric or Pediatric subspecialty rotation at our academic institution. 

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be in good standing and enrolled in their fourth or final year of an MD or DO degree program at an accredited Liaison Committee on Medical Education or Education Department of the American Osteopathic Association medical school during their elective rotation
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent resident
  • Students must self-identify as under-represented in medicine (URiM): Black (African/African American), Latino/Hispanic (Mexican American, Cuban, Puerto Rican, Central American, South American), Native American with tribal affiliation, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, LGBTQ+

Scholarship Program Highlights

  • Direct one-on-one mentoring with URiM pediatric faculty
  • Meeting with residency Program Leadership
  • Invitation to participate in residency events held during the scheduled rotation
  • Continued longitudinal mentorship opportunities throughout the academic year
  • Participation in Pediatrics DEI Council meetings and events

Benefits to all M4 Rotators

  • Complimentary parking in the employee parking deck attached to the hospital
  • $60 meal card for use in the hospital (café, Starbucks, Subway, Chick-fil-a, some vending machines)
  • Complimentary access to the gym within the hospital
  • Access to the Pediatrics lounge, with work stations and medical student call room and lockers
  • Access to the General Medical Student Lounge, with work stations and lockers
  • 24/7 access to the medical library on campus
  • Access to EPIC and Secure chat
  • Access to the scrubs machine
  • Ability to rent a P.O. Box from the hospital USPS post office if you need to receive mail during rotation

Application instructions

  • Application deadline: none. All other applicants will be notified after recipient has been notified and confirmed.
  • Applicants must have applied for Pediatrics rotation(s) through VSLO.
  • Only completed applications will be considered. Please do not leave items blank.
  • Send this completed form and the three additional documents below to complete your application to 
    Dr. Kathryn Hines, M4 Clerkship Director, at or by fax 423-778-6215.
    • Attach a current, updated copy of your Curriculum Vitae (CV).
    • Attach a Personal Statement providing some insight as to who you are as an individual, why you have chosen to seek the support of this scholarship program, and how it will help support your academic and/or medical career goals in Pediatrics.
    • Attach 1 letter of recommendation from an individual (not family related) or faculty member who can relate personal experience with your clinical work and/or personal story.
  • Consideration for any scholarship award will be based on holistic review taking into consideration your CV & personal statement, supporting letter of recommendation, as well as your application in VSLO.
Sep 16, 2022