Visiting Scholars Program

The Seymour, Paul, and Gloria Milstein Division of Cardiology at Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC) invites medical students who intend to pursue a career in cardiology to apply for the Visiting Scholars Program. This clerkship will provide an opportunity for medical students to visit Columbia University and provide important career opportunities, including:

  • Clinical exposure to cardiology
  • Faculty mentorship
  • Assistance in preparing for residency applications
  • Exposure to cardiology research
  • Career mentorship opportunity throughout training

The division is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. To promote a diverse healthcare workforce, the Visiting Scholars Program encourages applications from those who are from racial and ethnic groups that have been shown by the National Science Foundation and the Association of American Medical Colleges to be underrepresented in health-related sciences on a national basis. A stipend will be included as part of successful completion of the clerkship.


Potential applicants should:

  • Be currently enrolled in a Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) or American Osteopathic Association (AOA) accredited medical school
  • Have successfully completed their basic/core internal medicine rotation
  • Have intentions of pursuing a residency in internal medicine and a career in cardiology
  • Have a strong academic record

Application requirements

  1. Completion of the online application form
  2. Current resume or curriculum vitae (CV) with complete details of educational experience, and if applicable, leadership, research and community service experiences
  3. A 350 to 500-word essay describing reasons for applying to the clerkship and your interest in cardiology and cardiovascular disease.
  4. One to two letters of recommendation (at least one from an internal medicine/medicine sub-specialty, faculty member who has directly evaluated the applicant in a clinical setting)
  5. Official medical school transcript
  6. Official USMLE or COMLEX transcript, if applicable
  7. Approval from the applicant’s medical school allowing a 4-week away rotation
  8. Finalists will be invited to conduct a brief (30 minute) telephone- or video-based interview that will include discussion of clerkship options

Application Deadlines

Please note: In light of the ongoing challenges related to the current pandemic, deadline extensions may be granted for 2022 applicants on a case by case basis. Please reach out to inquire.

Application materials and resume/CV are due on:

  • June 1st, 2022

Letters of recommendation and transcripts should be sent separately by the letter writers and the applicant’s institution, respectively, and are due by:

  • June 15th, 2022

Application Process

 Applicants should complete the online application form. All additional materials or questions should be sent to Gerardo Espinal at

Visting Scholars Program Online Application