Visiting Scholars

The Visiting Scholars Clinical Elective Program at the UW School of Medicine (UWSOM) accepts medical students from schools accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education or the Education Department of the American Osteopathic Association who want to pursue clinical elective courses at the University of Washington.

Visiting students can schedule a maximum of 24 credits (12 weeks) depending on the availability of a rotation. After reaching the maximum, a student may not reapply for the next year as this is an absolute limit.

For more information on Visiting Students please visit the Visiting Student Application Services (VSAS) website for departmental course listings.​​​​​​​​​

The Psychiatry Visiting Scholars Program is a funded program designed to give fourth-year medical students from historically underrepresented backgrounds the opportunity to experience the exceptional education in psychiatry offered by the University of Washington.


Students will spend four weeks on either an adult inpatient psychiatry team at Harborview Medical Center or a child and adolescent psychiatry inpatient team at Seattle Children’s Hospital. They will also attend resident didactics and teaching conferences and will have the opportunity to go to clinic with a psychiatry faculty member or resident once or twice during the rotation. Funding for this program includes a $3,000 stipend for reimbursement of travel and housing costs.


The program is open to applicants who demonstrate academic excellence, strong leadership skills, and are committed to working with disadvantaged, underserved patient populations. Applicants should belong to groups that are recognized as historically underrepresented in psychiatry including: Black/African American, Native Americans, Hispanic/Latino and Asian/Pacific Islanders. Applicants must be strongly motivated to pursue a career in psychiatry and must be in good standing in a U.S. medical school.


To be considered for this program applicants should submit  documents via email as indicated below and complete their application materials with the Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS). For questions about this program contact Dr. Heidi Combs (

Applications will be reviewed by members of the Department’s Visiting Scholars Committee. The application deadline is April 15, 2024 and applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision by April 30, 2024.

Applicants not selected for the Visiting Scholars Program may, if interested, apply for a regular visiting rotation via the standard means, see Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS).

Please submit any questions to: Heidi Combs,