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Visiting Clerkship Program
STUDENT PROGRAMS -- Growing the physicians and students of tomorrow.
This program's goal is to build a pipeline of URM college and medical school students interested in academic biomedical research careers. Through vigorous national competition, a CDI review committee selects 20 students to participate in an eight-week summer research program at MGH. These students conduct original research projects and presentations with MGH faculty preceptors in basic science labs, clinical research sites or health policy research settings.
This competitive program for URM students, co-sponsored by the CDI and the HMS Office of Diversity and Community Partnership, offers one-month clerkships at MGH or other Harvard-affiliated hospitals to non HMS fourth-year medical students who are minorities. To be placed at MGH, students should indicate that MGH is their first preference when applying to the VCP. The VCP students who rotate with the MGH for their clerkships are connected with CDI.
The CDI provides targeted outreach and recruitment of Harvard Medical School URM students, including receptions with program training directors, as well as educational seminars and presentations.