Visiting Diversity Student Scholarship

Diversity and inclusion are core institutional goals at RWJBarnabas Health (RWJBH). A multiplicity of initiatives in undergraduate and graduate medical education, our clinical enterprise, and research infrastructure are focused on executing goals towards RWJBH’s Ending Racism efforts and enhancing diversity representation. At Community Medical Center, part of the RWJBarnabas Health system, visiting externship for students underrepresented in medicine reflects our commitment to reflect the racial, ethnic, and gender diversity of the broader community we serve.

The immediate objective of this program at Community Medical Center is to increase the number of students from groups underrepresented in medicine (URiM) participating in fourth-year electives. The ultimate goal is to increase the number of URiM students applying to and participating in Community Medical Center’s Graduate Medical Education programs. This program offers housing and a stipend of $1,500 (to cover living and travel expenses) to fourth-year URiM students from accredited US medical schools to participate in fourth-year externships in:

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Podiatry
  • Surgery


This course is open to fourth year medical student at accredited U.S. allopathic and osteopathic medical schools who plan to apply to an emergency medicine, internal medicine, podiatry or surgical residency at Community Medical Center. The applicant must be in good standing at their medical school, with completion of all their required core-clerkships prior to the rotation. We encourage inclusion of all, including those who are historically underrepresented in medicine, such as racial and ethnic minorities, LGBTQI-identified or gender nonconforming individuals, individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, and those with special needs.


The externship is a 4-week rotation with both a clinical and community pipeline portion.

Awardees will participate in Community Medical Center’s visiting clerkship in emergency medicine, internal medicine, podiatry or surgery, as specified in the application. This experience includes clinical shifts, didactics, simulation, journal club and the opportunity to develop mentoring relationships with attending physicians and residents.


Please contact Danette Meyer at 732-557-2604 with the following:

  1. CV
  2. Letter of Good Standing from your medical school.
  3. Please write 1 page or less on how your perspective as a UiM group-member can help drive academic excellence (clinical, service, educational and/or research) in medicine.

For more information, please view our departmental clerkship pages.