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Visiting Student Advocacy & Outreach Scholarship

Valley Children’s Hospital is a 330-bed free-standing children’s hospital in California’s fertile Central San Joaquin Valley. Valley Children’s is the only stand-alone children’s hospital between Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area. Our service area encompasses 13 counties and over 1.3 million children with over 90 ethnicities and immigrants from around the world.  Despite our Valley’s nickname, “The food basket of the world,” our children are some of the most underserved. Our Valley is faced with staggering rates of poverty, food insecurity, obesity, below grade level literacy and unmet healthcare needs.

The Valley Children’s Pediatric Residency Program is dedicated to training pediatricians who will advocate for the children of our Valley and beyond, and are proud to offer a visiting scholarship for visiting medical students who are dedicated to advocacy and outreach.   

We encourage fourth year medical students who have an interest in advocacy and community outreach to apply for scholarship.

Scholarship Goals

  • Expose students to the health care disparities and needs of the Central Valley’s diverse pediatric population
  • Provide students the opportunity to explore training with Valley Children’s Pediatric Residency Program
  • Engage students in advocacy efforts, life-long learning, and develop leadership skills
  • Increase the number of pediatrician advocates in the workforce

Program Description

Visiting students will be exposed to a wide variety of experiences related to advocacy during their outpatient electives. Opportunities will include a minimum of four days of community service opportunities with community programs and agencies. All students will attend our academic half day and are required to present an advocacy topic to the residency class at the end of the rotation.

Scholarships will be awarded to students between July and December. Funding valued at $1,000 includes housing in a fully furnished two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment which may be shared with other visiting medical students on rotation and waived  VSAS application fees to Valley Children’s. The choice of outpatient elective will be made in conjunction with the student based upon area of interest and availability, and all students are paired with a faculty mentor and resident coach.

Students will be invited to meet with the Senior Vice President for Community Engagement and Population Wellness, as well as the Director of Community and Government Relations to address future advocacy and outreach goals. A letter of recommendation will be provided, if desired. While here, visiting students are invited to Interview for a position with our residency program, in order to defray future travel costs. 


  • Fourth year medical student in good academic standing at an accredited US medical school
  • Have completed core clinical clerkships with passing grades
  • Passed Step 1
  • Submit a completed application which includes:
    • Completed VSAS application form
    • Complete attached questionnaire
    • One letter of recommendation
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Official medical school transcript
    • USMLE Step 1 score report
    • Choice of 4-week block 
      • 07/22/19 – 08/18/19
      • 08/19/19 – 09/15/19
      • 09/16/19 – 10/13/19
      • 10/14/19 – 11/10/19
      • 11/11/19 – 12/08/19

Under-represented students (URiM) are strongly encouraged to apply. Click here to access the scholarship application PDF. Email completed applications to Applications are due two (2) months in advance of the desired elective block.

For more information, please contact Medical Education at 559-353-5141.