Visiting Students

Visiting Clerkships

Both Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) offer emergency medicine clerkship positions to visiting students. All applications for visiting students must be processed through the Office of the Registrar at Harvard Medical School (HMS). It is not possible to apply for these positions through VSAS. Information on each clerkship site, the application process, and contact information for the HMS Office of the Registrar is included below.

BWH Visiting Clerkship

Course ID: ME535M.23

Dates Offered: Every month


Kathleen Wittels, MD
Clerkship Director

Andrew Eyre, MD
Assistant Clerkship Director

MGH Visiting Clerkship

Course ID: ME535M.3

Dates Offered: Every month except December


Eric Shappell, MD, MHPE
Clerkship Director

Application Process

In addition to submitting your application through the Registrar’s office, we ask that you also send the clerkship director(s) at your desired site your CV and a copy of your transcript, and your availability. This will help us facilitate the processing of applications. Interested students should submit their applications to the registrar’s office at least 3 months in advance of the desired clerkship start date. Students that do not provide a copy of their application to the clerkship directors will be notified of acceptance to the rotation by the Registrar approximately 4 weeks prior to the start of the clerkship. Those that do provide a copy of their application to the clerkship directors may be notified earlier.


For information on housing options for visiting students, please visit the HMS website on Housing and Transportation:

Office of the Registrar at HMS


Visting Clerkship Program (VCP)

The Visiting Clerkship Program (VCP), sponsored by the Minority Faculty Development Program of the Harvard Medical School (HMS) Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership, provides support (via financial assistance for transportation and housing) for fourth-year and qualified third-year medical students from groups underrepresented in medicine (African-American, Hispanic/Latinx, Pacific Islander, and American Indian/Alaska Native) to gain clinical exposure within any Harvard affiliated department in the form of a month-long clerkship. 

We, at the Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency (HAEMR), are proud supporters of the VCP. We believe the resident body should reflect the diversity of the patients we serve. This is especially important in the emergency department, where we are often the providers for the most vulnerable and underserved populations. To that end, once accepted to VCP, you will receive a minority resident mentor, who will help acclimate you to Boston, the emergency department, and the residency. You will also be guaranteed a meeting with an assistant program director and/or the residency program director.

So come and join us! We would love to have you!

For more information and to apply, visit: or email