HOST Program

Help Our Students Travel – HOST Program

The College of Medicine HOST Program (Help Our Students Travel) was designed to match fourth-year medical students to alumni across the United States as they travel for residency program interviews. While students are in town, alumni can provide lodging in their home, connect with the student over a meal or coffee; or connect by phone to share advice on the city or organization the student is interviewing.

“Being part of the HOST Program was a great experience that allowed me not only to
connect with COM alumni but to get a better idea of the city,
and make the interview
trail less stressful.”
-Alejandra Cano, MD ’15

In 2018, graduates from the College of Medicine matched to residency programs in 26 states and the District of Columbia. This highly competitive process contributes to the student’s post-graduation debt, and travel costs often become the deciding factor for where our students apply for residency. Alumni  participating in this program will be able to meet some of our impassioned students while also giving back to their alma mater.

 “The HOST Program allowed me to reconnect with the COM and be a mentor to
the next generation of physicians. I highly recommend participating.”

-Katherine Ruiz-Mellott, ’94, MD  ’98



  • To request an alumni host, complete the Student Request Form
  • A list of cities that have alumni hosts can be found here.

Currently, alumni hosts are living in the following cities. As we grow our program, we hope to have representation in all states.

AR – Little Rock

AZ – Tucson, Mesa, Phoenix

CA – Los Altos, Portola Valley, Cupertino, Los Angeles, Palo Alto, Daly City, Sacramento

CO – Longmon

CT – New Haven

FL – Lakewood Ranch, Saint Petersburg, Longwood, Key Biscayne, Miami

HI – Kailua

IA – Iowa City

IL – Chicago, Arlington Heights, Champaign, Springfield, Inverness, Batavia, Cherry Valley, Rockford, Mohmet, Columbia, Congerville

IN – Carmel, Indianapolis

KY – Louisville

MA – Jamaica Plain, Boston

MD – Hanover

MI – Portage

MN – Saint Paul

MO – Saint Louis, Creve Coeur, Kansas City

MS – Ridgeland

NC – Chapel Hill, Charlotte

NM – Albuquerque

NY – Hilton, NYC, Yonkers, Hopewell Junction

OH – Cleveland

OK – Edmond

OR – Portland

PA – Conshohocken

TN – Nashville

TX – Corpus Christi, Southlake, Austin

UT – Salt Lake City

VA – Alexandria, Glen Allen

WA – Seattle, Vancouver

WI – Madison, Fitchburg, Marshfield, Milwaukee, Shorewood

For questions or to receive more information, please contact Christina Roberts, Assistant Director of Alumni Engagement at [email protected] or (312) 996-6815.