Radiology Elective to promote Diversity in Radiology (REDR Program)

REDR Program is supported by the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging and developed by the department’s Diversity and Inclusion committee. This program is similar to the Visiting Elective Scholarship Program (VESP) offered year-round through the UCSF GME. The REDR program was designed to encourage fourth year medical students who are underrepresented in radiology (women and ethnicities underrepresented in medicine) to apply for a fourth year clinical elective offered through the School of Medicine at UCSF. We believe that support for a focused clinical experience will provide prospective applicants with a better opportunity to learn more about our residency program.

In addition to rotations through reading rooms along with routine morning and noon conferences, students participating in this program will participate in focused sessions with the residency leadership, current residents, and research faculty, in order to develop a broader understanding of the opportunities available within our program.

Who is eligible to apply?

  • Rising fourth year U.S. medical students who are women or underrepresented in medicine and are in good standing at an accredited US medical school.
  • Students must have completed all core clerkships in medicine, surgery, pediatrics, psychiatry, and OB-GYN.

When does the program take place?

The program runs for two weeks in June of each year. Program dates for the next cycle are 6/19/17 through 6/30/2017. If students wish to complete a 3 or 4 week elective they are welcome, but the focused sessions will run during those first two weeks.

How does enrollment work?

Students will enroll in Radiology 140.19: Advanced Clinical Clerkship in Radiology, directed by David Naeger, MD

What support is available?

Stipends of $1500 each, to be used toward visiting student elective fees ($300), visiting student ID ($36), transportation costs and lodging.

Is the stipend taxable?

Under the Internal Revenue Code, income received as a stipend is generally included in gross income for federal income tax purposes. Students are responsible for establishing the amount of their taxable income and for making any required payments of estimated tax.

How do I apply?

A complete application must include the following components which can be submitted online:

  • Personal statement: Please briefly describe your interest in radiology and short-term career plans. (Do not exceed 500 words.)
  • Current CV
  • Current transcript
  • Step 1 scores
  • Letter of recommendation: Request the letter of recommendation from a faculty member at your medical school well in advance of the deadline. Your reference will receive an e-mail asking them to submit their recommendation through the online application site.

Accepted students must also apply to the clinical elective program through the UCSF School of Medicine: via VSAS and will receive instructions on how to apply upon acceptance.

Applications for the next cycle will be available on December 1, 2017.

Access REDR program online application

How can I obtain additional information?

For further information about the REDR program, please email

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