Pediatric Medical Education Program for Visiting Students

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, OHSU is temporarily holding off on visiting student clerkship opportunities until further notice. This space will be updated once visiting student applications are accepted again. We will be offering a virtual URM elective in 2021, with details forthcoming. Please email Kristen Fitzhenry at if you would like to receive information about this elective when available.

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 2020-2021 academic year, the following pediatric elective courses will be offered to visiting students. Please note 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

The Department of Pediatrics is committed to the value of diversity and inclusivity in patient care. We offer a Diversity Program stipend and encourage all those meeting the application requirements to apply.

For detailed information and to determine if you qualify, review our flier.

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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