Emergency Medicine

  • Visiting Elective Scholarship Program (VESP)

    The Visiting Elective Scholarship Program supported by the Department of Emergency Medicine was established to encourage fourth year medical students who are underrepresented in medicine to apply for the emergency medicine clerkship (EM:8401 or EM:8402) at the University of Iowa. The scholarship program is designed to:

    • Expose fourth year medical students who are underrepresented in medicine to an academic emergency medicine training program
    • Promote student interest in applying to an emergency medicine residency training program

    The emergency medicine clerkship at UI is four weeks in length open to U.S.visiting students from allopathic medical schools. The University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics is the only Level 1 Trauma Center in Iowa. In addition to required clerkship didactic sessions, clerkship participants have the opportunity to attend UI EM residency conference sessions.

    VESP participation is not affiliated with the emergency medicine residency match program and participation in the program does not guarantee a residency program interview.

    Who can apply?

    • Fourth year U.S. medical students from allopathic medical schools who are underrepresented in medicine are encouraged to apply.
    • Student must be in good academic standing at an accredited U.S. medical school.



    Scholarships (up to $1,500 each*, to be used toward visiting student elective fees, transportation costs and lodging) will be awarded on the basis of:

    • Academic achievement as indicated by transcripts, letters of recommendation, etc.
    • Leadership
    • Interest in pursuing an academic emergency medicine career
    • Interest in serving underserved populations

    Applications will be considered ONLY for the first three clerkship blocks.

    *Funds are awarded upon completion of the elective. Receipts must be submitted for reimbursement.


    May 1 of the year applying for. Scholarship decisions will be made by May 15.

    Further Information

    For further information or to receive an application, please contact:

    UI Emergency Medicine Visiting Elective Scholarship Program
    Hans House, MD, MACM
    UIHC Department of Emergency Medicine
    1008 RCP
    200 Hawkins Drive
    Iowa City, IA 52242

    Email: nicole-hansen@uiowa.edu

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