Pediatric Medical Education Program for Visiting Students

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Visiting Student Program

Welcome to OHSU and the Department of Pediatrics! 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 VSLO and managed by the School of Medicine's (SoM) Undergraduate Medical Education (UME) MD Program.

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 2023-2024 academic year, the following pediatric rotations 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

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

Program Benefits

  • A 4-week visiting rotation at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital
  • Reimbursement up to $2,000 for travel, housing, and application expenses
  • An assigned faculty mentor
  • A resident or fellow near-peer mentor
  • A personal meeting with the Residency Program Director
  • An offer to interview for a position in our pediatric residency program

Determining Eligibility

Applicants must meet the definition of diversity as determined by OHSU School of Medicine. OHSU School of Medicine defines diversity as: i. Persons from racial or ethnic groups that are under-represented in medicine and biomedical sciences: (a) Black or African American, (b) Hispanic or Latino/a (individual of any gender identity originating from Mexico, Central or South America, or Caribbean cultures), (c) American Indian or Alaska Native, and (d) Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander. ii. Persons from rural environments, defined as the majority of childhood years in a frontier environment or rural town as specified by the Oregon Office of Rural Health (i.e., a town of less than or equal to 40,000 population and at least 10 miles from a community of that size or larger). iii. Persons who have experienced significant disadvantage or adversity (i.e., a first generation college graduate; a recipient of social service resources while in elementary or secondary school, enhanced education or other programs for diverse populations; or by experience of economic, cultural, educational or family adversity).

For more information, visit the School of Medicine Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion site and review our Strategic Action Plan.

To Apply

  1. Visit the OHSU MD program site for visiting students; applicants for the URiM funded rotation must meet all listed requirements. 
  2. Review rotation options, listed above. 
  3. Submit an application for an OHSU pediatric visiting rotation through VSLO
  4. Complete the Qualtrics application for the OHSU Pediatrics Underrepresented in Medicine Funded Visiting Rotation.

Priority Deadline:  April 10
Applications received by this date will be given priority review. Subsequent applications will be reviewed until the program is filled.

Scholarship Offers:  Week of April 17
Scholarship offers will go out the week of April 17 and will include the specific pediatrics rotation being offered. Subsequent applications will be reviewed until the program is filled.

URiM Funded Visiting Rotation in Pediatrics Flier

Staci Burgess
Medical Student Program Technician
OHSU | Department of Pediatrics

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A URiM Funded Visiting Rotation in Pediatrics is being offered for AY2324.