The University of Missouri School of Medicine has a continued commitment to diversity and inclusion. We recognize the educational benefit of a diverse academic environment and strive to enable our students to care for the growing diversity of our community and beyond.

Our Visiting Student Diversity Program provides opportunities for 4th year medical students to do an elective rotation with the University of Missouri School of Medicine and MU Health Care.

Available Rotations

  • Child Health
  • Dermatology
  • Family Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Emergency Medicine
  • General Surgery
  • Neurology
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Pathology
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Psychiatry
  • Radiology

Program Description

Selected students will participate in the clinical activities of the chosen department including conferences and other educational activities. Students will receive up to $950 for housing during their elective that may be accompanied by a stipend provided by the individual department to which the student is assigned.* Electives are available from July through February.


Students must be enrolled as a fourth-year student in an LCME or COCA accredited institution at the time of the elective.

Students who are members of groups underrepresented in medicine are encouraged to apply.

Application Process

Apply through VSLO for an away rotation AND submit the supplemental application for the Visiting Student Diversity Program to the program administrative assistant, Kelly Reeves.

VSDP Application

VSLO Application

*Each individual department decides if an additional stipend will be available and the amount of that additional stipend.