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Subsidized Visiting Elective Program

The Subsidized Visiting Elective Program (SVEP) provides support for under-represented minority medical students to gain clinical exposure in the form of a month long elective at Boston Medical Center affiliate hospital of Boston University School of Medicine. Our goal is to increase student's consideration of the academic residency programs offered at the Boston University Medical Center.

Accepted visiting students will be provided housing as well as receive reimbursement for travel and application processing fee. In addition, students will meet URM faculty, residents, and./or fellows, as well as have the opportunity to explore the city of Boston.

Application Deadline April 15th 2016

Who Qualifies

  • Currently enrolled full-time 3rd year medical students applying to senior elective rotations
  • Good academic standing at a LCME accredited institution
  • Individuals belonging to a group considered under-represented in medicine (Black/African-American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, and Pacific Islander/Native Hawaiian)
  • US Citizens or permanent residents

How to Apply

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


A completed Subsidized Elective application consists of the following:

Please submit your resume/cv and application directly to our office via mail or email. Official transcripts are to be sent by school officials. (Please send application material to the below email address or mailing address)

Boston Medical Center -Graduate Medical Education

Doctors Office Building (DOB)

720 Harrison Ave, 5th Floor Boston, MA 02118

Email: justin.mccummings@bmc.org


Notification of  student's application status will be provided via email by late April. Accepted students will need to upload documents required by Boston University School of Medicine into VSAS. Once documents are approved by BUSM Registrar Office students will be allowed to register for an elective starting early May 2016.

Students are responsible for arranging their elective with the clinical department. The Office of Minority Physician Recruitment will provide guidance and support to ensure accepted students secure the appropriate elective. Please note: elective rotations should be scheduled between the months of August, September, October, or November.

Boston University School of Medicine links:

Fourth Year Course Catalogue

Block schedule

Contact Us

Boston Medical Center
Minority Physician Recruitment Office
Attn: Graduate Medical Education
720 Harrison Ave, DOB 505
Boston, MA 02118
Call: 617.414.7136
E-mail: minority.recruitment@bmc.org

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