Underrepresented in Medicine Scholarship Program for Visiting Clerkships

Henry Ford Health is committed to diversity in our workforce, research and educational programs. In the Department of Urology, we believe that this commitment to diversity both strengthens our community and ensures delivery of the highest quality patient care. We encourage inclusion of all, including those who are historically underrepresented in medicine, such as racial and ethnic minorities, LGBTQI-identified or gender nonconforming individuals, individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, and those with special needs.

Our department is pleased to sponsor scholarship program to support underrepresented in medicine medical students who have an interest in Urology. Our fund was created with a purpose of helping to support travel/lodging for underrepresented in medicine students for visiting subinternships and other residency applicants, undergraduate mentorship and research opportunities, and high school mentorship opportunities (such as a multiinstitutional surgery summer program). Two scholarships are offered per year

  1. Visiting clerkship scholarship: Recipients will receive $1500 to be used for travel, lodging and other expenses associated with participating in the clerkship. Awardees will participate in the Henry Ford Hospital visiting clerkship in Urology. This experience includes clinical shifts, didactics, simulation, journal club and the opportunity to develop mentoring relationships with attending physicians and residents, connect with research mentors
  2. Urology Research Scholarship: Recipients will be provided with a research project and mentor and $1500 for travel and lodging to attend a national urology meeting with the research team.

The Henry Ford Hospital Urology Department Underrepresented in Medicine Scholarship application deadline is April 1st, please email Larisa Pistin at lpistin1@hfhs.org for more information on the application process.


  • 4th year medical student at accredited U.S. medical schools who plan to apply to a urology residency.
  • Good standing at their medical school, with completion of all their required core-clerkships prior to the rotation.
  • Students must also identify as a member of a group that is underrepresented in medicine.
  • Academic achievement (indicated by transcripts and letter of recommendation included in VSAS application).
  • An interest and commitment to fostering activities related to healthcare diversity, health inequities, or serving underserved populations.

Additional consideration may be applied to applicants who:

  • Themselves or a member of their family have been adversely affected by health inequalities related to local or systemic failures of the health care system.
  • Live in a community or area that is adversely affected by health inequalities.
    • These include urban or rural areas whose residents have low health status or who are underserved by the health care system.
  • Have experience working in organizations or on projects that address health inequalities (local health departments, community health centers, inner city/rural hospitals, or entities that conduct research on or develop policy related to health disparities).

Application Requirements

  • A complete VSLO/VSAS application with all institutional requirements.
  • Email CV and personal statement to Larisa Pistin.

The Henry Ford Hospital VSLO/VSAS application opens April 15. Please complete the HFH Urology Underrepresented in Medicine application as soon as possible, and do not wait for the VSLO/VSAS application to open.

Information for Applicants
Interested in applying to one of our programs, call (800) 436-7936 .

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