Diversity Visiting Student Program

The Visiting Student Sub-Internship Program is a funded program designed to give students from diverse backgrounds a chance to experience the exceptional training that the Department of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine at the University of Washington has to offer. Students will spend four weeks on one or more of the surgical teams at Seattle Children’s Hospital, Northwest Hospital and Medical Center, University of Washington Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center and/or Puget Sound Veteran’s Administrative Hospital. Students will participate in all the duties and functions of a medical student intern and care for a variety of patients in our tertiary care centers. They will also be expected to attend all scheduled house staff teaching sessions and conferences. Other options will include occasional night call at our Level 1 Orthopaedic Trauma program at Harborview Medical Center.


The program is open to applicants who demonstrate academic excellence and have overcome significant barriers or traveled a great distance on their way to becoming a physician. Applicants should be strongly motivated to pursue a career in orthopaedic surgery. The program is limited to students currently enrolled in a U.S. medical school.


Please submit the following:

  • A copy of your CV/Resume
  • 1-2 paragraph Personal Statement explaining your interest in rotating at UW and what goals you hope to accomplish after orthopaedic surgery training. Please also include description of barriers overcome and/or challenges faced and/or demonstrated commitment to diversity. 
  • Students will also apply for a rotation through the Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS). Information about VSAS application can be found here

Funding includes a stipend of up to $1,500 to help cover travel and lodging.

Deadline for applications is April 1, 2024 for the 2024-2025 season and recipients will be notified at the time of confirmation of their rotation. 

Contact/Submit application to: Plinette Sanchez, Medical Education Program Manager – orthomsp@uw.edu 

Information is current as of 2/23/2024