Duke Visiting Elective Scholarship Program (VESP) for URM Students in Surgical Oncology
The Duke Visiting Elective Scholarship Program (VESP) for URM Students in Surgical Oncology is a unique opportunity for Underrepresented in Medicine (URM) students in United States medical schools who are interested in pursuing Surgical Oncology or General Surgery as a medical specialty.
Students are encouraged to apply who are members of underrepresented racial/ethnic groups in medicine, those who come from rural areas, those who have experienced socioeconomic hardship, or those who are part of the LGBTQ+ community.
About the Elective
Beginning in August 2021, the one-month elective offers longitudinal mentorship from Duke Surgery faculty and current residents. The endowment covers the cost of airfare, room and board for participants (up to $2,000), as well as three years of funding for membership to academic medical societies (up to $250 annually), and cost defrayment for residency applications and travel.
- Be assigned a resident mentor for student orientation during sub-internship and advice throughout the residency application process.
- Be assigned a faculty mentor who will meet weekly with the student during sub-internship, and provide advice and recommendation throughout the residency application process.
- Have one-on-one meetings with:
- Chair of Surgery, Duke University
- Program Director, Duke General Surgical Residency Program
- Residency Advisory Dean, Duke School of Medicine
- Attend Duke Surgery’s formal technical skills curriculum.
- Receive an invitation to return for pre-intern Boot Camp no matter their choice of location for residency training.
Students interested in applying for the elective should contact John Migaly, MD, Vice Chair of Education, (firstname.lastname@example.org), and Tammy Watson, Program Coordinator (email@example.com). Application deadline is June 30, 2021.