The Visiting Scholars Program (VSP) is a funded program designed to give students with a diverse background a chance to experience the training that the University of Washington Department of Medicine has to offer.


Visiting students will spend four weeks on an internal medicine elective at the University of Washington Medical Center or Harborview Medical Center and care for a variety of patients in our tertiary care centers. Near the completion of the elective, students will be offered an opportunity to interview with the internal medicine residency program. Accepted applicants will receive funding for their travel and lodging expenses.


The program is open to applicants who demonstrate academic excellence and belong to groups that are recognized as historically underrepresented in the health and science professions including: Black/African American, American Indian, Alaska Native, Hispanic/Latino and Pacific Islander. Applicants should be strongly motivated to pursue a career in internal medicine or any of its subspecialties.

The program is limited to students currently enrolled in a U.S medical school.


Application materials are due by May 1 each year, but can be submitted thereafter on a rolling basis.

Submit the following:

  • Completed VSP application (emailed)

  • Letter of Recommendation (emailed)
  • Personal Statement (emailed)
  • CV (submitted to VSAS)
  • Medical School Transcript (submitted to VSAS)

Students will also apply to the UW DOM Visiting Students Program through the Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS). Applicants not selected for the VSP program may, if interested, be considered for an elective rotation.

DOM Visiting Scholars


Marina Hanna, Tufts School of Medicine - Boston, MA
Marcella Muysson, Texas Tech University Health Sciences School of Medicine - Lubbock
Fawsia Osman, University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix


Virdiana Estrade, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Theresa Thai, University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson 


Bryanna Mantilla, University of Illinois Urbana
Chinonso Opara, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Reid Woods, Georgetown University
Nadia Yimer, Morehouse School of Medicine


Hiba Khan, University of Arizona College of Medicine
Paige McLean, Morehouse School of Medicine
Garen Wolff, Indiana University School of Medicine


Christopher Ghiathi, Morehouse School of Medicine

First Visiting Scholar

We welcomed our first Visiting Scholar, Christopher Ghiathi, in October 2015. "An emphasis on serving disadvantaged patients was part of what drew me to Morehouse School of Medicine, and I relished the opportunity to train at an institution that shares the same mission.”