Visiting Students

The Visiting Student 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 Diversity Visiting Medical Student Subinternship Program is a funded program designed to give fourth-year medical students from backgrounds historically underrepresented in medicine 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. Qualified applicants will be invited to interview for the psychiatry residency program during their rotation.

Application Requirements

Competitive applicants for funded subinternship positions will have demonstrated academic excellence, strong leadership and extracurricular experience, and a commitment to working with disadvantaged, underserved patient populations. The program is open to applicants demonstrating the above, and who come from backgrounds underrepresented in psychiatry. This includes African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, 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.

How To Apply

Applicants should submit the following documents:

  • A letter of interest describing your reason for wanting to participate in this program, your career goals, and how this program would further your career goals

  • Current curriculum vitae (CV)

  • One letter of recommendation from a clinical faculty member, preferably a psychiatrist

  • Medical school transcript

  • Completed Psychiatry Diversity Sub Internship Application 2021

Applications will be reviewed by members of the Department’s Diversity Committee. The application deadline is May 15, 2021, and applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision by June 1, 2021. Students selected for this program will need to complete their application to the Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS). Applicants not selected for the funded subinternship program may, if interested, be entered into the general pool of applicants for visiting rotations.

Please submit applications and any questions to: Heidi Combs,