Diversity Recruitment Scholarship Award

The Department of Dermatology is proud to offer up to $1,500.00 to help offset the costs of travel and housing for up to 2 highly qualified medical students per year who wish to do a visiting dermatology clerkship at the University of Virginia during the months of July through October and whose backgrounds, interests, or goals will bring diverse experiences and perspectives to UVA’s Dermatology Department.

Visiting 4th Year Medical Student Scholarship

The purpose of this scholarship is to provide medical students the opportunity to experience what it is like to live and work in Charlottesville, while experiencing first hand our Department’s inclusive culture and welcoming environment. This clerkship experience will hopefully encourage students to consider a career in Dermatology, enhance students’ awareness of opportunities in academic medicine, and provide them with specific mentoring and networking opportunities. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to meet with the Program Director and Chair.

Students will complete the 4-week general dermatology clerkship. They will be expected to function at the level of a sub‐intern or advanced medical student. Students will be expected to actively participate in morning teaching conferences and attend daytime didactic lectures, conferences, and Grand Rounds with our residents and other medical students.  Students will be expected to give one formal presentation during their visit with us. Becoming involved with a scholarly or teaching project will be highly encouraged.

We strongly encourage applicants to apply for the new UVA GME sponsored URiM Leadership Program for further leadership opportunities during their rotation. The Program and Scholarship application can be found in the Required Documents section of the AAMC’s VSLO application. Further information can be found at


Competitive applicants should have demonstrated academic excellence, strong leadership skills, and a variety of extracurricular experience. Students should be strongly motivated to pursue a career in Dermatology. The program is open to applicants who are first generation medical school attendees, socioeconomically disadvantaged students, individuals who have overcome substantial educational or economic obstacles, or students who come from backgrounds underrepresented in medicine (e.g., Black/African‐American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian, Asian/Pacific Islander, and Alaskan Native).


  1. Must attend an LCME‐accredited medical school
  2. Be on track to complete all required basic coursework and clerkships at and graduate from their home institution
  3. Completed VSLO application (should include letters of recommendation and medical school transcript)
  4. Curriculum Vitae
  5. Personal statement
  6. USMLE Step 1 score report
  7. USMLE Step 2 score report if available
  8. We strongly encourage applicants to submit a supplemental applicaiton for the URiM Leadership Program in the Required Documents section of the AAMC’s VSLO applicaiton
Due Date: Applications are due April 1st. Please apply directly from AAMC’s VSLO application

Contact Information

In addition to your request of a rotation through VSLO, please submit your application materials and forward any questions to Brenda Harris (email:, phone: 434-982-6769), Dermatology Residency and Fellowship Coordinator, using the form below:

Diversity Recruitment Scholarship Award

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