Pediatric Medical Education Program for Visiting Students

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Visiting Student Program

Our visiting student program is designed to give students the opportunity to experience the exceptional training that OHSU has to offer, as well as an insider look at the Pediatric Residency Program. Students will spend four weeks on either a sub-internship or sub-specialty elective at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. All students are expected to attend resident conferences, Pediatric Grand Rounds, and Friday Forum.

Please start by reading through the School of Medicine’s Visiting Student page, which includes institutional requirements, important dates, and an FAQ.

To be considered for a visiting student rotation, students must complete an application through AAMC’s Visiting Student Learning Opportunities Program (VSLO). Applications are submitted through VSAS and managed by the School of Medicine (SoM).

SoM-approved applications are forwarded to the Department of Pediatrics for review; offers are extended based on the merit of each candidate. Competitive applicants will provide a robust personal statement (approximately 1 page, single-spaced) describing why they are interested in pediatrics, OHSU, and the elective(s) of their choice.

For the 2021-2022 academic year, the following pediatric elective courses will be offered to visiting students. Availability is subject to change.


  • PEDI 709A Sub-I Pediatric Inpatient
  • PEDI 709B Sub-I Neonatal Medicine
  • PEDI 709D Sub-I Pediatric Critical Care
  • PEDI 709J Sub-I Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

Sub-Specialty Electives

  • PEDI 709F Pediatric Cardiology
  • PEDI 709G Pediatric Pulmonology
  • PEDI 709H Pediatric Endocrinology
  • PEDI 709I Pediatric Infectious Disease
  • PEDI 709K Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
  • PEDI 709L Pediatric Neurology
  • PEDI 709P Pediatric Gastroenterology
  • PEDI 709S Pediatric Nephrology

PEDI 709UR Underrepresented in Medicine Pediatrics

2 Weeks:  July 26 - August 8, 2021

OHSU Dept of Pediatrics has a rich history of caring for underserved patients. The purpose of this virtual elective is to help students learn and understand some of the challenges faced by this and other unique populations. For two weeks, students will meet faculty from across pediatric specialties to review interactive cases through a health equity lens. Small group discussions will provide an opportunity for intellectual dialogue and analytical engagement on major health disparities among cultural, ethnic, and socially-disadvantaged groups in Oregon. Students will learn about unique aspects of practicing medicine in Oregon, including vaccine hesitancy, rural medicine (including AIAN populations), and the history of racism. Finally, students will meet with the Pediatric Diversity Committee, diverse faculty, and the OHSU Center for Diversity and Inclusion to explore how OHSU is learning to become an anti-racist institution and support our underrepresented in medicine trainees.

The OHSU Pediatric Residency Program is dedicated to being an organization diverse in people and ideas. We recognize the importance of a diverse workforce to maximize our potential for creativity, innovation, quality patient care, educational excellence, and outstanding service. We aim to recruit trainees who represent the diverse population we serve. 

We are delighted to offer scholarships to qualified applicants from backgrounds underrepresented in medicine to support visiting clerkships at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital from September through December 2021. Students will spend four weeks either on one of the ward or intensive care teams at Doernbecher Children's Hospital as an acting intern. Other subspecialty electives may be considered based on availability. Students will also be expected to attend residency and departmental didactic sessions.

Each participant will:

  • receive up to $2,000 for reimbursement of travel, housing, and application expenses
  • be assigned a faculty mentor
  • be paired with a resident or fellow near-peer mentor
  • have a personal meeting with the Residency Program Director
  • be offered an interview for a position in our pediatric residency program

Application Requirements for Funded Visiting Clerkship

Applicants must be from groups who are underrepresented in medicine; socially, economically, or educationally disadvantaged; and others whose backgrounds and experiences would contribute to diversity in their clinical fields.

To Apply

  1. Please review the OHSU Visiting Student Program requirements at Applicants for the funded visiting clerkship in Pediatrics must meet the OHSU visiting student requirements.
  2. Submit your visiting student application through VSLO for the “OHSU Pediatrics Underrepresented in Medicine Funded Visiting Clerkship.” Be sure to include all required documentation, including the supplemental application (a brief statement about how you would contribute to diversity).

The priority deadline is June 15, 2021. Applications received by the deadline will be given priority review by the Pediatric Residency Diversity Committee, and students will be notified of a decision by June 25. Accepted applicants will be asked for their elective preference at that time. Subsequent applications will be reviewed until the program is filled.

Contact information

Staci Burgess
Pediatrics Medical Student Coordinator

Department of Pediatrics
Child Development and Rehabilitation Center (CDRC)
Office:  3214
Mail Code:  CDRCP
707 SW Gaines Street
Portland, OR 97239

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