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Visiting Elective Scholarship Program (VESP)

The Visiting Elective Scholarship Program supported by the Department of Emergency Medicine was established to encourage 4th year medical students who are underrepresented in medicine to apply for the emergency medicine clerkship (EM:8402) at the University of Iowa.  The scholarship program is designed to:

  • Expose 4th year medical students who are underrepresented in the specialty of emergency medicine to an academic 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.


  • 4th 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 US 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

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


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

Further Information

UI Emergency Medicine Visiting Elective Scholarship Program
Hans House, MD, MACM
c/o Kelby Kiefer
UIHC Department of Emergency Medicine
1008 RCP
200 Hawkins Dr
Iowa City, IA 52241
email: kelby-kiefer@uiowa.edu

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