Visiting Student Elective Scholarship Program (VSESP)

For underrepresented students in medical education (URiM)pgy2_2020 (2)


Three scholarships awarded in 2022!


We look forward to hosting more students next year.  Please apply for an Orthopaedic Surgical Sub Internship in VSLO March 2023 and contact regarding VSESP

Eligibility and Application Process

  • Full-time fourth year medical student in good standing at a LCME or COCA accredited US medical school. 
  • Apply for a rotation through the Visiting Student Learning Opportunities program (formerly known as VSAS).

Email Monika Donlevy, the Orthopaedic Advising Coordinator:

  • A letter of interest (In 500 words or less, describe how your experience as an underrepresented student in medicine has shaped your path to pursue a career in orthopaedics) and describe how you identify as an underrepresented student.  We welcome individuals of racial and ethnic diversity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, belief, thought or philosophy, disability, education level, socioeconomic background, Veteran status, and life experience to apply. 

Information for visiting students. 


The Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at UVM is committed to diversifying and mentoring the pool of potential residents that will help build a strong pipeline for future faculty in Orthopedics and Rehabilitation. 

Our Visiting Student Elective is a 4-week acting internship designed for 4th year medical students who intend to pursue a career in orthopaedics.  The elective is offered from May through February each year.  

The Scholarship program provides a $2,500 stipend to visiting students to support travel and housing during the elective.

Students will work at the UVM Medical Center and our Outpatient Clinic in the greater Burlington, Vermont area.  We see an extensive range of orthopaedic cases as the only Level One Trauma hospital for a large geographic area including Vermont and Upstate New York.

During the elective, students will work on one or more of our sub-specialty services which include:  Foot and Ankle, Hand and Upper Extremity, Pediatrics, Oncology, Joints, Spine, Trauma and Sports.

Students participate in morning sign-out, daily didactics from 6:30 to 7:30am, and Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation Grand Rounds.  Students will become part of our Ortho family during their month as they learn more about our program and the beautiful Burlington area.

Rotations include assignments to one or more subspecialties to allow exposure to different types of orthopaedic cases.  Students will work in a variety of settings that include patient rounds, office visits at our outpatient center, Emergency Department consultations and scrubbing in on surgeries.  Students rotating have ample opportunities to participate in many procedures within the scope of Orthopaedic medicine.

Our department utilizes an Assisted Surgery System with the Mako Robotic Arm which gives pinpoint accuracy and reliable consistency to knee replacement surgery and allows for potential faster recovery times for patients and greater access to partial knee replacements.

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Students will benefit from working alongside our dynamic residents and faculty who come from a broad range of backgrounds and have unique academic interests. Mentorship and advising takes place with our close-knit group of residents, a mid-rotation question answer session with our Program Director, and mentorship from faculty with diverse subspecialty training and interests.

Orthopaedic Services

  • Foot and Ankle
  • Hand and Upper Extremity
  • Joints
  • Pediatrics
  • Oncology
  • Spine
  • Trauma
  • Sports

Unique to our program

Feedback and Evaluations

PowerPoint presentation required at conclusion of rotation.  Teaching evaluations for faculty mentor and/or resident staff required.  Evaluations will be completed by the course director and individual faculty and/or resident staff with close observation of the student.  Grades for transcript purposes will be based on each student’s home institution grade options.  

Sponsored by the department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at the University of Vermont Medical Center and the Office of DEI at the Larner College of Medicine.

Aims to:

  • Increase awareness of training and career opportunities in academic orthopaedics.
  • Encourage students from diverse backgrounds to apply to the University of Vermont Medical Center’s Orthopaedic residency program.
  • Provide mentorship and networking for fourth-year medical students underrepresented in medicine.

Course Dates

Rotation dates follow the Larner College of Medicine academic calendar. 

  • May 31 - 24, 2022
  • Jun 6 - July 1, 2022
  • July 5-29, 2022  
  • Aug 1-26, 2022
  • Sep 6 - 30, 2022
  • Oct 3 - 28, 2022
  • Oct 31 - Nov 25, 2022

Orthopaedic Specialty Advising Director

Jennifer Lisle, MD

Orthopaedic Specialty Advising Coordinator

Monika Donlevy