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Visiting Elective Program for Students Underrepresented in Pediatrics

Program Description

Johns Hopkins Children's Center at twilight

The Johns Hopkins Harriet Lane Pediatric Residency Training Program strongly values diversity and is thrilled to welcome students who are underrepresented in pediatrics to apply for senior elective rotations! Given the pandemic, a decision has not yet been made regarding our ability to welcome you for an in-person visiting elective. We present a virtual and in-person elective below and we anticipate being able to inform you of available option(s) by late Spring 2021. In the interim, we encourage you to apply to the elective program.

Virtual Elective

If Johns Hopkins University discourages in-person electives due to COVID-19 prevalence, we will welcome visiting students to the the Visiting Virtual Clinical Elective in Equitable Healthcare. This is a two-week elective inclusive of morning clinical experiences in pediatrics and a universal curriculum in the afternoons covering topics such as health disparities, global health, LGBTQIA+ health, telemedicine, palliative care and community resources in Baltimore. This elective was piloted in the summer of 2020 and visiting students provided very favorable reviews.

In-Person Elective

With the exception of last year due to COVID-19, the Department of Pediatrics has hosted a visiting elective for students underrepresented in medicine for many years. This is a month-long rotation (see dates below) in either pediatric cardiology, hematology, infectious disease or oncology. We provide a stipend of $1,700 for up to six qualified students per academic year to help defray the cost of an away rotation. The stipend for students NOT paying for housing will be $500.

Applications will be considered based on merit and availability. We anticipate we may not be able to host as many qualified applicants for this program as we would like and are actively looking for funding to expand this program in the future.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Final year of medical school
  • Good standing at medical school
  • Completion of core clerkship in pediatrics
  • Applying for residency position in pediatrics
  • Pursuing a medical degree at an LCME-accredited medical school

If you are at Johns Hopkins for an elective NOT sponsored through this elective program, please let Carly Hyde know when you will be at Hopkins. We’d love to meet you!

Important Dates

2021 in-person visiting elective tentative dates:

  • July 19–August 13
  • August 16–September 16
  • September 17–October 15
  • October 18–November 15

2021 Virtual Elective in Equitable Healthcare (date TBD)

Applications open on March 14, 2021. Application deadline is June 15, 2021. We aim to inform students of application status by June 30, 2021.

Application Process

  1. Please complete online application: Visiting Elective Application
  2. Please have your registrar’s office send us an official transcript:
    Johns Hopkins Children's Center Visiting Elective Program
    c/o Carly Hyde
    Department of Pediatrics
    The Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children’s Center building, Room 8451
    1800 Orleans Street
    Baltimore, MD 21287
  3. We will let you know by June 30, 2021 if we can honor your elective request based on eligibility availability for the dates requested, and availability of designated funds to provide the stipend.

Questions? Please contact Carly Hyde at or 410-955-2727.

Thanks for your interest!

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