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Fourth Year Medical Student Rotations
Visiting Student Applications (2021-2022)

Thank you for your interest in completing a visiting rotation in the Department of Surgery at UC Irvine. Starting in August, we will offer visiting student rotations on all core surgical services within the department.The Department of Surgery encourages all interested students to apply as early as possible. The Surgery Department features four-week electives available in surgical oncology, MIS/gastrointestinal surgery, hepatobiliary surgery, vascular surgery, advanced trauma/critical care, surgical intensive care, and burn care management. Each of these rotations provide an excellent opportunity to advance clinical skills in preparation for postgraduate training, regardless of specialty.

To Apply:
U.S. and Canadian medical students should submit their applications through the Visiting Students Application Service (VSAS) their website ›
Foreign medical students may submit requests to the foreign medical student coordinator via email at

For more information, please contact our Medical Education Coordinator, Staci Reichenecker at 

Diversity Visiting Sub-I Scholarship
The medical field has always benefited tremendously from the diversity of its contributors. At UC Irvine, we believe in, and are dedicated to, ensuring our diverse patient population is served by physicians from a variety of backgrounds and experiences. In order to encourage this philosophy of a diverse team, we are offering 2 DEI Visiting Sub-I Scholarships which will allow students the opportunity to experience excellent surgical training at UC Irvine through a 4-week rotation on one of our surgical services from July to October. Selected applicants will receive a $2000 stipend during their four-week rotation to help offset the financial burden of travel and housing. We define the following groups as underrepresented: Latino/Hispanic (Mexican American, Cuban, Puerto Rican, Central American, South American), Black (African or African American), Native American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, and LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender), as well as students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

- Current CV
- 1-page personal statement describing interest in surgery, future career goals, and commitment to diversity
- Letter of recommendation
- Medical school transcript
- Successful completion of MS3 core clerkships and in good standing
- Completed VSAS application

Applicants must complete both the Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS) as well as submit the above information in one document to UCI DEI Surgery Sub-I. The application deadline is May 31st. Recipients will be notified via email by mid-June. For questions or assistance, please contact Medical Education Coordinator Staci Reichenecker at