COVID-19 Visiting Student Guidance

Given the rapidly changing nature of the current COVID crisis, away electives may be canceled based on current conditions at LSOM, in San Antonio, and in Bexar County, or at the visiting student’s originating locality. These cancellations will be based on prevailing university guidelines, municipal regulations, and state mandates. A student entering the state from another may be required to quarantine for two weeks.

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The Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine (Long School of Medicine) is committed to fostering a culture of belongingness, respect and value in our learning and workplace environments. Inclusive excellence is core to our mission.

We are engaged in intentional efforts and initiatives to diversify the biomedical workforce by graduating more physicians from underrepresented groups and ensuring that all trainees are prepared to meet the needs of a growing, multicultural patient population. The 2022 US News & World Report ranks the Long School of Medicine as the 16th most diverse medical school in the country!

The Diversity in Medicine Visiting Elective Scholars Program, sponsored by The Office for Inclusion and Diversity and the Office of the Dean, supports 4th year medical students attending a LCME-accredited U.S. or Canadian medical school from underrepresented backgrounds in medicine as defined by the AAMC.


  • Encourage students from diverse backgrounds to apply to the outstanding training programs at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
  • Increase awareness of opportunities in academic medicine
  • Provide students an opportunity to experience the diverse community of San Antonio and the surrounding areas
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Contact Us

For more information on program details, contact us by phone or email.
(210) 562-6807

All applicants must be full-time medical students in good academic standing at LCME (Liaison Committee on Medical Education) accredited U.S. medical schools, including U.S. territories, AND meet all the criteria below:

  • Identify as one or more of the following underrepresented backgrounds:
      • Black/African American, Hispanic/Latinx, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander
  • Current 4th year medical school student in good academic standing
  • Applicants must submit their applications for the specified rotation through VSLO AND submit the scholarship application through the Long SOM Office for Inclusion and Diversity.

*Note: This scholarship program is only open to students who live and/or attend a medical school outside of Bexar County/San Antonio, Texas

Additional information about each elective is available on the GME website.

DermatologyOrthopaedics Surgery
Diagnostic RadiologyOtolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Emergency MedicinePathology - Anatomical Clinical
Family MedicinePediatrics
General SurgeryPsychiatry Medicine and Rehabilitation
Internal MedicinePlastic Surgery
Interventional Radiology - IndependentPsychiatry
Neurological SurgeryRadiation Oncology
NeurologyThoracic Surgery - Integrated
Obstetrics & GynecologyUrology

August 2 – August 27: Rotations are four weeks in duration. This program is earmarked for this clinical block only and are subject to space availability.

Each student will be paired with a faculty member/resident that will serve as a mentor and advisor. They will be given the opportunity to have a personal meeting with the Residency Program Director or Program Coordinator provided the student has not yet entered the match process. They will also have the ability to attend educational activities within the department.

The program will provide a stipend (up to $2000) to support costs associated with participation (i.e., transportation, food, and additional expenses). Scholarships are awarded upon successful completion of the visiting elective. All reimbursements must be submitted for payment within 60 days after the conclusion of the rotation.

The scholarship is funded by The Office for Inclusion and Diversity and supported by the Office of the Dean.

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How to Apply

  • Step 1:  Complete the Diversity in Medicine Visiting Scholar Program application.
  • Step 2:  Complete the Visiting Student Learning Opportunities (VSLO – also known as Visiting Student Application Services or VSAS) application. Submit all required items for UT Health San Antonio Long SOM, and your desired elective (Clinical Block 8/2-8/27).
  • Step 3:  Receive correspondence on the status of your application from the Long School of Medicine Office for Inclusion and Diversity.

**Please note participation in the Visiting Scholar Program is contingent upon availability and acceptance by VSLO.

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Important Dates

  • Application deadline: Friday, May 14, 2021 at 5:00PM CT
  • Late applications will not be reviewed.
  • Selected participants will be notified via email no later than Friday, June 4, 2021.