Physicians Medical Forum Visiting Elective Scholarship Program (VESP) at the University of California, San Francisco

The Visiting Elective Scholarship Program (VESP) supported by the Physicians Medical Forum (PMF) was established to encourage fourth-year medical students who are underrepresented in medicine and are interested in working and conducting research with diverse populations to apply for a fourth-year clinical elective offered through the School of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). PMF’s mission is to encourage the recruitment and retention of Black/African American physicians and thereby help to eliminate health disparities, improve access to care, maintain diversity within the profession, and improve the quality of life and medical care for people in the Oakland/San Francisco Bay Area of California.

The visiting elective scholarship program is designed to:

  • Enhance the recruitment of Black/African American medical students to residency training programs in the Oakland/San Francisco Bay Area with the ultimate goal of remaining in the area to practice medicine.
  • Expose Black/African American fourth-year medical students who are underrepresented in medicine to an academic training program
  • Promote student interest in applying to an academic training program
  • Promote interest in clinical and translational research
  • Provide mentorship during the clinical elective experience

Clinical electives are four weeks in length and are available, space permitting, to U.S. medical students. VESP participants are assigned a faculty advisor and have the opportunity to network with UCSF faculty, house staff, students and PMF physicians. A diversity dinner with faculty, house staff, and PMF physicians is held during each rotation. In addition, all participants are invited and encouraged to attend various seminars including monthly Medical Effectiveness Research Center for Diverse Populations (MERC) seminars and department grand rounds. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in workshops and training programs offered by the UCSF Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI). VESP participation is not affiliated with the UCSF residency match program and participation in the program does not guarantee a residency program interview.

Who Can Apply?

  • Black/African American fourth-year U.S. medical students who are underrepresented in medicine are especially encouraged to apply.
  • Student must be in good academic standing at an accredited US medical school
  • Requirements for the UCSF school of medicine’s clinical electives must also be met
    • 4th year standing
    • Completion of all core clerkships in medicine, surgery, pediatrics, psychiatry and OB-GYN

Application

Note: Both UCSF and PMF Vesp applications must be completed.

Selection

Scholarships (up to $2,000 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 serving underserved populations (community service)
  • Interest in remaining in the Oakland/San Francisco/Northern California Bay Area to practice medicine
  • Interest in pursuing an academic career in Emergency Medicine, Family Practice, Ob-Gyn, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Radiology, Surgery, Urology and other specialties

Deadline

Rolling deadline. Applications must be received 6-8 weeks prior to the elective start date. However applications received less than 8 weeks may be considered.

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More Information

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

PMF Visiting Elective Scholarship Program
Stalfana Bello, M.P.A., Executive Director
Physicians Medical Forum
Email: executivedirector@pmfmd.com

or

Edward Cruz, MD, M.P.H., VESP Director
UCSF Office of Graduate Medical Education
E-mail: Edward.Cruz@ucsf.edu

Also visit the following websites

UCSF School of Medicine Visiting Student Info:
medschool.ucsf.edu/visitingstudents/general

UCSF Office of Graduate Medical Education:medschool.ucsf.edu/gme

Nurturing Diversity at UCSF:diversity.ucsf.edu

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Sponsor Levels

President Circle: $20,000

  • Name/logo as Title Sponsor
  • Representative to be included on program
  • One Claremont Hotel room for night of the event
  • Ad included in video presentation during the program
  • Company or organization ad/information posted on PMF Website
  • 20 tickets with VIP seating
  • Photo Op in front of Sponsors Red Carpet Step-and-Repeat Banner
  • Name and sponsorship level listed in video presentation during the program
  • Name on table sign

Platinum Sponsors: $15,000

  • Name/logo as Platinum Sponsor
  • Company/Representative acknowledged during dinner program
  • Ad included in video presentation during the program
  • Company or organization ad/information posted on PMF Website
  • 15 tickets with VIP seating
  • Photo Op in front of Sponsors Red Carpet Step-and-Repeat Banner
  • Name and sponsorship level listed in video presentation during the program
  • Name on table sign

Gold Sponsors: $10,000

  • Name/logo as Gold Sponsor
  • Acknowledged during dinner program
  • Ad included in video presentation during the program
  • Company or organization ad/information posted on PMF Website
  • 10 tickets with VIP seating
  • Photo Op in front of Sponsors Red Carpet Step-and-Repeat Banner
  • Name and sponsorship level listed in video presentation during the program
  • Name on table sign

Benefactor Sponsors: $5,000

  • Name/logo as Benefactor Sponsor
  • Ad included in video presentation during the program
  • Company or organization ad/information posted on PMF Website
  • 10 tickets with Premier seating
  • Photo Op in front of Sponsors Red Carpet Step-and-Repeat Banner
  • Name and sponsorship level listed in video presentation during the program
  • Name on table sign

Patron Sponsors: $3,500

  • Name/logo as Patron Sponsor
  • Ad included in video presentation during the program
  • Company or organization listed on PMF Website
  • 10 tickets with Premier seating
  • Photo Op in front of Sponsors Red Carpet Step-and-Repeat Banner
  • Name and sponsorship level listed in video presentation during the program
  • Name on table sign

Table Sponsors: $2,000

  • 10 tickets with Priority seating
  • Photo Op in front of Sponsors Red Carpet Step-and-Repeat Banner
  • Name and sponsorship level listed in video presentation during the program
  • Name listed on PMF Website
  • Name on table sign

Individual Benefactor Sponsors: $1,000

  • Two tickets with Benefactor VIP seating
  • Photo Op in front of Sponsors Red Carpet Step-and-Repeat Banner
  • Name and sponsorship level listed in video presentation during the program
  • Name listed on PMF Website

Individual Patron Sponsors: $750

  • Two Patron tickets with Premier seating
  • Photo Op in front of Sponsors Red Carpet Step-and-Repeat Banner
  • Name and sponsorship level listed in video presentation during the program
  • Name listed on PMF Website

Ticket(s): $200, $350 or $500 each (depending on level)

  • Photo Op in front of Sponsors Red Carpet Step-and-Repeat Banner
  • Seating according to level
  • Ticket(s) to be donated for students: $200 per ticket