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Underrepresented in Medicine Visiting Elective

The Underrepresented in Medicine (URM) visiting elective program is intended to provide highly qualified fourth-year medical students from backgrounds underrepresented in medicine the opportunity to rotate with the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. This program is intended to:

  • Position 4th year URM medical students to achieve academic success as competitive plastic surgery applicants
  • Connect prospective URM plastic surgery applicants with mentors that recognize the critical need to diversify the plastic and reconstructive surgery workforce
  • Explore the field of plastic and reconstructive surgery at one of the largest and busiest tertiary care centers in the nation, while treating an incredibly diverse patient population

Participating Hospitals

Students that participate in the URM visiting elective program will rotate at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

Program Details

The URM visiting elective program, sponsored by the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive surgery at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, provides support for highly-qualified fourth-year medical students from groups underrepresented in medicine as defined by the AAMC, including, but not limited to, African-American, Hispanic/Latino and American Indian/Alaska Native, to experience the full breadth of plastic and reconstructive surgery offered at Johns Hopkins Hospital, including congenital and traumatic craniofacial reconstruction, microsurgery, breast reconstruction, elective and traumatic hand surgery, general and oncologic reconstruction, and aesthetic surgery. Visiting students will also partake in all educational didactics such as core curriculum, grand rounds, and will be required to give a 10-minute presentation during their rotation. For details refer to the sub-internship page.


Eligible participants include full-time, fourth-year medical students in good standing at accredited U.S. medical schools. Completion of the following core clerkships is mandatory: medicine, surgery, pediatrics, and obstetrics. In addition to completion of core requirements, all applicants must have completed USMLE Step 1.


Visiting sub-internships last four weeks for the 2022 cycle. Please refer to the registrar calendar for beginning and end dates.

Mentorship Opportunities

The department of plastic and reconstructive surgery recognizes the importance of strong mentorship when attempting to create a more diverse workforce. To that end, participants of this program will:

  • Be assigned a faculty mentor and resident mentor
  • Have a sit-down meeting with the department chair to discuss career goals
  • Be offered opportunities to network with a wide array of Johns Hopkins faculty, house staff and students.

Financial Assistance

The program provides a stipend to accepted students to help with travel and lodging costs. Additionally, the visiting student application fee from the registrar office will be waived.


Housing is not provided.


The following components will needed:

  • CV
  • USMLE transcript (unofficial is acceptable)
  • Letter of recommendation, preferably from a plastic surgeon (note: send directly to Helena Johnson from the letter writer)
  • Recent photo

Rotation Dates

Please refer to the registrar calendar for start and end dates.


Applications are due by March 31st, 2022 at 11:59PM. No late applications will be considered. 

How To Apply

Please email your complete application to Helena Johnson at except for the letter of recommendation—your letter writer should email your letter to Helena Johnson directly. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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