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Healthcare Disparities Scholarship

The Department of Emergency Medicine is proud to announce the establishment of the Health Disparities Scholarship, aimed at senior medical students considering a career in Emergency Medicine (EM). This scholarship program will offer exposure to an academic EM training program at an institution committed to health disparities mitigation and research. Participants will engage in hands-on experiences and gain valuable insights into various EM sub-specialty areas actively pursued at UIC, including:

  • Health disparities research
  • Toxicology
  • Ultrasound (US)
  • Global and Social Emergency Medicine
  • Education and Simulation (SIM)
  • Resuscitation
  • Health Policy and Administration

About the Program Heading link

Selected fourth-year medical students will have the opportunity to engage in rotations at the University of Illinois Hospital Emergency Department (ED). This immersive program includes participating in weekly residency conferences and workshops in addition to fulfilling clinical duties. Students will also develop and present an evidence-based medical presentation on a relevant case encountered during their rotation.


The program aims to mentor and empower students who are interested in Emergency Medicine, with a particular focus on addressing health disparities. It seeks to enhance diversity in the medical field by offering a comprehensive experience in an academic Emergency Medicine department and residency training program.


Highly motivated fourth-year medical students with strong academic records and an interest or background in health disparities are encouraged to apply.

Financial Support Heading link

Financial Support

4-Week Program: $1500

*Scholarship Funds will be awarded upon satisfactory completion of the elective.

Examples of covered expenses include:

  • airfare/travel to/from home location to UIC
  • housing cost

Program dates Heading link

Scholarships are available for the following dates in 2024:

  • 05/20/2024 – 06/15/2024
  • 06/17/2024 – 07/13/2024
  • 08/12/2024 – 09/07/2024
  • 07/15/2024 – 08/10/2024
  • 09/09/2024 – 10/05/2024

Application Process Heading link


STEP 1: Visiting Student Learning Opportunities (VSLO)

Completed VSLO (formerly VSAS) application with all institutional requirements


STEP 2: UIC Application

Completed scholarship application application, including the following:

  • Personal statement
  • 2 references
  • Current CV