Resident Recruitment Program

Thank you for your interest in the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s (UMMS) Resident Recruitment Program (RRP).  Diversity and Inclusion Office works in collaboration with the Office of Student Affairs and the Graduate Medical Education Office in recruitment and execution of the URM Residency Recruitment Program. This four-week subsidized elective for fourth year medical students from underrepresented backgrounds serves to enhance the diversity of our residency programs and provides an opportunity for students to consider UMass Memorial Health Care in order to better serve Worcester County’s growing multicultural population.

The UMMS’s Resident Recruitment Program is pleased to offer 4Th year underrepresented medical students from Allopathic/LCME accredited schools the opportunity to participate in a four- week subsidized elective with UMass Memorial Health Care and its’ affiliated hospitals. This is a great opportunity for 4th year medical students to view our residency programs first hand.  We generally take about three students per year.  We do require that your elective is in the specialty you are applying to for Residency.  A list of our Residency Programs can be found at

Dr. Maria Garcia, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs & Diversity, will provide mentoring and career advising to students accepted into the Resident Recruitment Program.  There is also a modest stipend to help pay your approved elective’s transportation expenses, food and housing along with reimbursing your $65 visiting student administrative fee.

The Resident Recruitment Program runs from July to December only.
2015 Summer and Fall Academic Elective dates:

  • M1          June 27, 2016 – July 22, 2016
  • M2          July 25, 2016 – August 19, 2016
  • M3          August 22, 2016 – September 16, 2016
  • M4          September 19, 2016 – October 14, 2016
  • M5          October 17, 2016 – November 11, 2016
  • M6          November 14, 2016 – December 09, 2016

A list of UMass electives can be found on our website at

Please review our visiting student guidelines and file an application with the Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS) .

UMass will begin accepting Visiting Student Applications on March 1st.  However, applications will not be processed until April 1st.  Priority in scheduling electives is given to UMass students until April 1st of each academic year.  Applications received before April 1st will be kept on file and processed in the order in which they were received. 

Program Applications:

  • Review the RRP guidelines listed in our Brochure and complete the attached application.
  • Upload your complete application and Step 1 scores to the Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS) as supplemental documents. Don’t forget to assign your documents to UMMS. 

For additional information about the program or to request an application, please e-mail or phone:

Janice M. Robert
Resident Recruitment Program
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Office of Student Affairs Rm. S1-131
55 Lake Avenue North
Worcester, MA  01655
Tele: (508) 856-8019

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