The Emergency Medicine Scholars Program (EMSP) is a funded program designed to provide a broad, month-long educational experience within the University of Washington Department of Emergency Medicine for exceptional fourth year medical students from a broad range of those who are under-represented in medicine.


Students will spend four weeks in a sub-internship position gaining clinical experience at the Harborview Medical Center emergency department. Students will provide clinical care during 13-15 emergency department shifts, participate in skills labs, and attend weekly resident teaching conferences. This clinical and didactic experience will be augmented with additional educational opportunities specific to the student’s interests. Examples of these additional training opportunities include: emergency medical services, ultrasound, toxicology, and EM-related community health and public health.  Upon acceptance, the student will work with the Director of the EMSP to identify tailored experiences within these categories.

Additionally, each student will be paired with a faculty member and resident to serve as mentor and advisor. Visiting students will have opportunities to interact with other UW Medicine under-represented students, faculty, and housestaff via events through the UW School of Medicine Center for Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.

Students will receive a standard letter of evaluation (SLOE), if requested, and a formal interview with the University of Washington Emergency Medicine residency for consideration of admission to the program.

Accepted applicants will receive up to $1500 reimbursement for travel, housing, and application expenses.


The program is open to students at all LCME-Accredited US medical schools (excluding the University of Washington) who plan to pursue a career in emergency medicine, demonstrate a clear record of academic excellence, and who belong to a group that has been identified as under-represented in medicine, including but not limited to ethnic, racial, socioeconomically disadvantaged, and LGBTQ groups. Completion of all core clinical clerkships and at least one four-week emergency medicine rotation is required prior to the start of the EMSP.  


Application materials are due by March 1 of each year.

Submit the following via email to Alexis Rush:

  • Completed EMSP application
  • Letter of Recommendation from an emergency medicine faculty indicating your interest in pursuing emergency medicine as a specialty 
  • CV 
  • Medical School Transcript (unofficial is fine)

Please note, do not fill out the UW VSAS application.

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