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The UCI Department of Dermatology is pleased to offer a Diversity Visiting Student Scholarship for visiting students in need of financial assistance to attend our dermatology clerkship. We will offer up to two $2,500 scholarships for travel- and/or housing-related costs associated with attending the clerkship. 

We are committed to promoting diversity, health equity and inclusion in medicine. In support of increasing the number of visiting medical students from backgrounds underrepresented in medicine (URIM) who attend our dermatology clerkship, we invite rising fourth-year medical students to apply for the scholarship.

Through the application, students should demonstrate how their background and experience help to promote an environment of inclusive excellence.

The deadline to apply is May 20, 2024


Scholarship Application Process

  • Apply to the UCI Dermatology Elective 620B through the VSLO/VSAS website.
  • Provide a letter of recommendation (from a medical school faculty member in any medical specialty).
  • Share your background and experience in response to the following questions:
    • How would your background and experience help to promote an environment of inclusive excellence? (Not to exceed 250 words.) Learn more about inclusive excellence at UCI.
    • How are you equipped to serve a diverse patient population during residency? (Not to exceed 250 words.)
  • Email your responses and attach your letter of recommendation to our residency coordinator, Terena Wells (

Who Should Apply

  • Rising 4th-year medical student in good standing at an LCME or COCA-accredited medical school.
  • Demonstrates commitment to inclusive excellence.
  • All eligible students are encouraged to apply, including students who are underrepresented in medicine.
  • Strong consideration will be given to applicants who have experienced disadvantage due to social, economic, or educational challenges.

Dermatology Electives

As a premier teaching department, we receive many applications from medical students to join our ranks. The coursework offered depends on program selection.