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 from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds in radiology (including but not limited to women, persons underrepresented in medicine, individuals identifying as LGBTQ, persons with disabilities, religious minorities, and those from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds) to apply for a two-week 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 be paired with a resident and faculty liaison so they can get to know our residency program in greater depth.

Who is eligible to apply?

  • Fourth year US medical students from groups historically underrepresented in radiology or disadvantaged groups, including (but not limited to) women, races/ethnicities underrepresented in medicine, individuals who identify as LGBTQ, persons with disabilities, religious minorities, and those from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds. On the application, you will be asked to explain how you qualify.
  • Students must have completed all core clerkships in medicine, surgery, pediatrics, psychiatry, and OB-GYN.

When does the program take place?

The program will take place throughout the year. Students must apply for the REDR program at least 8 weeks prior to their intended start date.

How does enrollment work?

Students will enroll in Radiology 140.19: Advanced Clinical Clerkship in Radiology. This course may be taken as a 2 or 4 week elective although the available stipend support is fixed.

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.

Alternative funding opportunities

SIR Foundation GEMS Scholarship Program

How do I apply?

The REDR application for the 2024-25 academic year is now open!


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.

How can I obtain additional information?

For further information about the REDR program, please email [email protected]

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