MD Student Diversity Recruitment
At NYU School of Medicine, we aim to foster a diverse student body among our medical students. Through our programs, students from backgrounds that are underrepresented in medicine are welcomed and supported throughout their academic careers.
Visiting Elective for Students Underrepresented in Medicine
To help increase diversity in the physician workforce, the Visiting Elective for Students Underrepresented in Medicine gives medical students who come from backgrounds underrepresented in medicine the opportunity to explore and experience training at NYU School of Medicine.
Visiting students will have the opportunity to spend a four-week elective in one of the clinical departments at NYU Langone. The choice of subspecialty elective will be made in conjunction with the chosen department and will depend on the availability of that elective and the completion of the required information for visiting MD students.
Funded visiting elective positions will be available from the Office of Diversity Affairs for students interested in pursuing electives between July and November. Funding includes up to $2,000 for reimbursement of registration fees, travel, and housing. Receipts are required for reimbursement. Funding is limited and will be distributed on a first-come-first-serve basis.
This funding award is solely from our office to defray the expenses to a student and is not a guarantee of a residency interview and is not in any way related to the residency application process.
If accepted, during the rotation, students are welcome to schedule a time to meet with Joseph E. Ravenell, MD, associate dean of diversity affairs and inclusion. Please contact Massielle (Massy) Pimentel at firstname.lastname@example.org to request an appointment.
Interested students must come from backgrounds underrepresented in medicine. We define these backgrounds to include the following races/ethnicities: Black, Hispanic, Latino, Native American, or Asian Pacific Islander.
You must also be in good standing at your medical school and pursuing a medical degree at a Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME)–accredited medical school.
If applicable, students must have completed the core clerkship related to the department that they have chosen to do the elective. For example, if you are interested in pursuing an elective in pediatric infectious diseases, you must have already completed the core clerkship in pediatrics at your medical school.
How to Apply
The application process is as follows:
- Apply directly to the department of interest.
- If you are accepted, please email this info sheet to Mason Patenaude at email@example.com.
Your application for funding will be reviewed, and you will be notified if you are selected to receive funding.
The Office of Diversity Affairs partners with the Black and Latinx Student Association (BALSA) and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People in Medicine (LGBTPM) to offer the Liaison Program, which helps create a warm and welcoming environment for prospective students.
Any student who is invited for an interview at NYU School of Medicine may request to be matched with a student liaison from either BALSA or LGBTPM to learn more about student life.
Student liaisons meet prospective students over lunch or coffee.