Underrepresented in Medicine Scholarship

The Department of Emergency Medicine (EM) offers the Underrepresented in Medicine (URiM) Externship Scholarship to 4th-year medical students considering a career in emergency medicine. This externship provides students the opportunity to shadow and work alongside our EM residents. Interested and qualified students may have the option to extend their four-week placement by two additional weeks and augment their studies in one of the following concentrations.

  • Social Emergency Medicine
  • Toxicology
  • Ultrasound 
  • Global Emergency Medicine
  • Education and Simulation 
  • Resuscitation
  • Informatics and Operations


The UIC Emergency Medicine Residency program is committed to eliminating barriers that perpetute the under-representation of racial and ethnic groups in medicine.


This four-week EM rotation integrates didactic learning with medical rotations at the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System (UI Health), or one of our affiliate sites: Advocate Illinois Masonic, OSF Little Company of Mary, and Advocate Lutheran General.

Scholarship awardees will engage in experiential learning through interaction with our EM residency training program and our resident and attending physicians. They will refine their clinical skills, practice ethics, responsibility, and professionalism – all essential competencies in becoming an EM resident.

Additionally, rotating students will attend weekly residency conferences and workshops. Rotators must complete an evidence-based medical presentation that explores a theme related to a patient they cared for in the ED.

Program Dates

Externships are available for the following dates in AY23-24:

MAY 22 – JUN 17                  
JUN 20 – JUL 15 
JUL 17 – AUG 12  
AUG 14 – SEP 9             
SEP 11 – OCT 7

Exceptions to these dates may be made on a case-by-case basis.

Who Should Apply?

We encourage self-motivated 4th-year medical students that meet the URiM criteria as it’s defined by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).

Financial Support

4-Week Program: up to $1500

Covered expenses may include major travel expenses such as airfare (exclusive of to/from home location to rotation sites), and housing expenses during rotation.

Application Process

Complete both a VSLO (formerly VSAS) application (step 1) and the UIC application (step 2)

UIC Application

Use the link here to fill out the UIC Application

Application Checklist

  • Personal statement

  • 2 references

  • Current CV

Selection criteria will be based on a holistic view of your application, CV, personal statement, and references.