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Under-Represented in Medicine Visiting Rotation in Surgery

Program Overview

The Department of Surgery at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) in Memphis has one funded visiting clerkship position in the general surgery available to qualified underrepresented minority medical students interested in pursuing a general surgery residency. The rotation is based at the Methodist University Hospital and the Methodist Germantown Hospital. The application deadline is June 15, 2021.The rotation is from August through September 2021.

  • The department of surgery offers a scholarship of $1,000 to assist the student with travel and housing cost.
  • The visiting medical student will have the opportunity to meet with the General Surgery Program Director to better understand the program
  • He/she will have a resident and/or faculty member who will serve as a mentor and advisor
  • Students will meet and interact with general surgery residents especially on how to succeed during their clerkship. General Surgery Resident for advice on succeeding during their clerkship


Program Description

The purpose of this visiting clerkship program is to give URM students the opportunity to experience the general surgery training offered at the University of Tennessee - Memphis. The clerkship also offers students the opportunity to form a relationship with current house staff and faculty.

Students will have the opportunity to rotate for one month on a busy surgical oncology service. This will include exposure in hepatobiliary surgery, endocrine surgery, colorectal surgery and soft tissue. Rotating students will be expected to function at the level of an advanced medical student. They will be expected to actively prepare for and participate in morning rounds, attend all available operations and give at least one formal presentation during the course of their rotation.


  • Must be a registered student in good standing at their home school while participating in this visiting clerkship
  • Full-time, 4th year medical students who have completed 3rd year core clerkships
  • Interested students should have a demonstrated vision and commitment to improving the health status of diverse patient populations through clinical care, research or teaching


  • Applicants for the funded clerkship must come from backgrounds underrepresented in medicine. URM students are considered to be Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, or Native American (American Indian, Native Hawaiian, Alaskan Native, mainland Puerto Rican).
  • Applicants must:
    • Complete the online application form
    • Provide a photograph
    • Provide a curriculum vitae
    • Provide one letter of recommendation
    • Provide a 250-word personal statement including career goals
    • Provide an official medical school transcript
  • Applications will be reviewed by the Department of Surgery Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee. The application deadline is June 15, 2021.
  • All applications must be submitted through the VSLO Application portal (link here)
  • You will be expected to provide one letter of recommendation upon request, after your application has been reviewed
  • You must also complete separate VSLO application:

Contact Information

For any questions regarding the program please email Courtney Bishop (

Last Published: May 25, 2021