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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Our Program

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We strive to have a residency cohort that reflects the wonderful racial and ethnic diversity of the population we are fortunate to serve at Holtz Children’s Hospital. Experience our resident programs at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine (UMMSM) with an enriching four-week clerkship to grow and build your professional network while experiencing working with a diverse patient population. Fourth year medical students who come from a racial group that is Underrepresented in Medicine (URM) will be selected and rotate within inpatient and outpatient pediatric settings, connect with a resident mentor, be paired with a faculty advisor, as well as attend unique experiences within the diversity and inclusion network. The goal of the clerkship scholarship is to encourage underrepresented minority (URM) medical students to complete a pediatric elective at our residency training program. While learning about our Diversity and Inclusion community, the URM applicant will examine the potential fit with our departments for the continuation of their medical training and professional development. Students will rotate through both inpatient and outpatient pediatric setting


Course Design:

Students will have the opportunity for an immersion experience in an outpatient underserved clinic, including the mobile pediatric clinic as well as school health clinics. Students will also get experience working in the inpatient setting in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and general wards.  Unique experiences can also be crafted to meet the visiting student’s interests. The rotation is only offered in 4-week blocks. Additional details:

  • Each student will have an assigned resident mentor and/or faculty advisor to assist with connecting with the greater Miami area.

  • Experience first-hand the collegial atmosphere within or program, while having an enriching educational experience in a diverse city.

  • Rotate with one of a variety of available subspecialty services, which include a combination of consult and outpatient responsibilities.

  • Meet with our Chair of Pediatrics, Program Director and Associate Program Director; our Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and or representative; and faculty engaged in clinical and/or academic work in area(s) of particular interest to the applicant.

  • Visiting Student will be invited to participate in various inclusion activities at UMMSM. These include monthly Deans Diversity council meetings and ODICE’s Restorative Practice Program sessions

Visiting Electives may include:

Adolescent Medicine

Pediatric Cardiology

Pediatric Allergy and Immunology

Child Protection Team

Pediatric Mobile Clinic and more!

Please check VLSO for the most up

to date list of electives

Available Dates

July 8 to August 2 (Block 1)

August 5 to August 30 (Block 2)

September 2 to September 26 (Block 3)

September 30 to October 25 (Block 4)



One scholarship award per applicant in the amount of $3000 will be awarded. This funding is intended to offset the cost of travel, housing and living expenses. The award will be disbursed after the first week of the rotation.


Eligibility Requirements:


To be eligible to apply, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Historically excluded students who are disproportionately underrepresented in medicine which include: African American, Latino-Hispanic, American Indian/Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander AND/OR students from economically or educationally disinvested backgrounds (such as first-generation, single parent or low-income household) AND/OR have an interest in serving a diverse community

  • US citizen, US permanent resident, or DACA recipient

  • Completed core Pediatrics clerkship

  • Is a 4th year medical student at a U.S Medical School

  • Completed and passed USMLE Step 1


Application Process


  • Submit an application through AAMC's VSLO (Visiting Student Learning Opportunities) for pediatric electives at the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine. You may apply for any pediatric electives. You will need two 2-week electives or one 4-week elective to qualify for the full scholarship.  

  • Complete the supplemental application here:

  • Applications are due May 6th and the recipients will be notified by May 17th.


Please contact Dr. Gabrielle Fisher at with any questions.


We are strongly committed to fostering a learning environment where diversity is nurtured and welcomed. Our Program's diverse group of Faculty, Residents, Fellows, and Staff mirror the community we serve.

We have developed initiatives to ensure that we continue to approach equity, diversity and inclusion systematically and consciously.

We are fortunate to be part of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine where Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Initiatives are at the forefront of our Dean and President's vision.  In addition, our Chairman, Dr. Glen Flores has dedicated his career to focus extensively on disparities in health care caused by poverty, racism, and lack of access for underserved population. 

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Our Community

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Our Patients

  • Jackson Prime Card - Providing Patient Financial Assistant Program

  • Mobile Clinic - Providing Pediatric Care to the Uninsured 

  • School Clinics - Providing Pediatric Care in Clinic-Based Local Schools

  • DOCS -  Providing Preventive Health Screening to the Underserved  

  • CIR COCOA Committee - Community Service & Advocacy

  • COVID Vaccine QR Stickers - Resident led initiative to assist patients in finding Covid testing and vaccination sites

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