Subsidized Visiting Elective Program

The Subsidized Visiting Elective Program (SVEP) provides financial assistance and support for under-represented minority medical students to gain clinical exposure within any of our departments in the form of a month-long elective at Boston Medical Center, affiliate hospital of Boston University School of Medicine.

Students that are accepted into the SVEP will be reimbursed up to $2,500 for travel, housing, and VSLO registration fee. In addition, students will meet URM faculty, residents, and/or fellows.

Who Qualifies

  • Currently enrolled full-time third year medical students applying to senior electives
  • Students with good academic standing at an LCME accredited U.S. institution
  • Individuals belonging to a group considered under-represented in medicine (Black/African-American, Hispanic/Latinx, Native American, and Pacific Islander/Native Hawaiian)
  • U.S. citizens or permanent residents

How to Apply

This process requires two separate applications, the Subsidized Visiting Elective Application which awards the financial support, and the Visiting Student Learning Opportunities (VSAS/VSLO) which allows students to register for an elective at Boston University School of Medicine.

Step 1

A completed subsidized elective application consists of the following:

Please email your resume/cv and SVEP application directly to Shawnda Walker, Manager Office of Minority Physician Recruitment, at [email protected].

Official transcripts are accepted by electronic communication directly from the registrar’s office or U.S. Mail to the address below:

Boston Medical Center
Office of Graduate Medical Education
801 Albany Street, Ground Floor
Boston, MA 02119
Attn: Shawnda Walker

Step 2

Each student’s application status will be provided via email by June 30. Accepted students will need to log into VSAS/VSLO and follow their guidelines for applying to a rotation. VSAS/VSLO applications are managed by Boson University School of Medicine (BUSM) Registrar’s Office. Contact BUSM Registrar’s Office for questions re your VSAS/VSLO application.

Step 3

Students are responsible for arranging their elective with the clinical department.

Step 4

It is required of all visiting students to be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus. Proof of vaccination can be sent to BMC employee health (Working Well) by emailing [email protected] prior to your arrival.