Visiting Diversity Clerkship Scholarship Program, 2020
As a joint venture between the Office of Diversity & Community Engagement and the
LSU Clinical Departments of Pediatrics, Orthopedic Surgery and Neurosurgery, we are
pleased to sponsor a fourth year senior medical student who plans a career in one
of the respective disciplines, and wishes to experience a rotation in our academic
medical center. Students must self-identify as an under-represented minority (URM)
and display genuine interest in exploring issues of social determinants of health,
population medicine, access to care, and social justice.
The LSU Health Sciences Center, New Orleans historically serves a large, metropolitan
community, with many under-resourced neighborhoods, challenged by the social determinants
of health, and are affected by health disparities. Our historic mission of our training
institution - to care for every member of our community, regardless of station or
situation. Academic partnership with LSU Health Sciences Center and other local health
professions schools seeks to provide an educational framework as well as opportunities
to impact teaching on issues of cultural competency and diversity to the next generation
of learners and practitioners.
Students selected for the program will receive:
- $500 in travel assistance to New Orleans
- Housing in student residential facility in Downtown New Orleans, adjacent to med school and hospital facilities
- A resident and faculty mentor who will meet with the student during their rotation, to provide career and professional guidance as well as a personal connection to the community
Students will participate in advanced clinical electives along with our LSU students
completing traditional 4-week rotations for senior students planning to match in the
specialty of interest. Students will also be required to write a brief case study
of a patient they encountered during their rotations, focusing on the social determinants
of health that impacted that patient's care, barriers to optimal outcomes, and proposed
strategies that were or could have been employed to overcome these challenges and
improve overall health care delivery.
- Students must be entering their final year of medical school at an accredited, U.S. institution, and must have completed all of their required core rotations (Medicine, Pediatrics, OB, Surgery, Psychiatry) prior to beginning the clerkship.
- Student must include with this application a brief (no more than 500 words) essay describing their interest in LSU, New Orleans and the selected clinical specialty discipline, and answer brief questions related to their interest in their selected specialty area (see below).
- Current CV
- Application form (below)
- Submission of formal LSU Pediatrics, Neurosurgery or Orthopedic Surgery visiting clerkship application on VSLO, with all institutional requirements (immunization forms, malpractice, etc) met.
Applications must be received by Monday May 4th. Awards will be made by May 29th,
2020. The number of students selected for visiting rotations in a clinical specialty,
will be strictly determined by each department. Students considered as finalists for
the visiting clerkship may receive additional opportunity for residency program interview
consideration, but this is not guaranteed.
Please submitted completed application via email to:
Pediatrics; Chelsey Sandlin, MD: Assistant Professor Clinical Pediatrics,
Residence Program Director, Ctyler@lsuhsc.edu
Neurosurgery; Jason Wilson, MD, MS, FAANS: Assoc. Prof., Clinical Neurosurgery
Program Director, Jwils8@lsuhsc.edu
Orthopedic Surgery; Linda Flot, Residency Coordinator
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Lflot@lsuhsc.edu
Program questions may also be forwarded to:
Robert Maupin Jr., MD, FACOG, Assoc. Dean, Diversity & Community Engagement
LSUHSC School of Medicine, Rmaupi@lsuhsc.edu , Office Phone: 504-568-8501