Sub-Internship Programs

Our central mission at Washington University School of Medicine is to prepare the next generation of science and medicine innovators and change-makers — and the only way to achieve this goal is to invite all of tomorrow’s leaders to the table. 

Sub-Internships are four-week programs and are offered from August through October.

All applications are due by June 1, 2022 and decisions will be made by June 15, 2022.

The Washington University Department of Surgery offers two programs for visiting medical students wanting to explore postgraduate and subspecialty training within the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: the Sub-Internship Program and the Diversity Sub-Internship Program.

Sub-Internship Program

The Plastic Surgery Sub-Internship Program offers medical students the opportunity to gain more exposure within a surgical specialty; it is open to medical students in their final year of study.

As a sub-intern in this program, you will participate in either a two-week or four-week rotation at Washington University School of Medicine in your choice of surgical specialty: general surgery, plastic surgery, vascular surgery or urologic surgery.

Sub-intern rotation involves working with multiple world-renowned faculty members, offering exposure to the full breadth of our program and our residents. During the sub-internship, students will take on a role similar to that of an intern, attending with house staff all core curriculum conferences, morbidity and mortality conferences, rotation-based clinical case conferences and simulation lab experiences.

Minority students applying for the sub-internship are encouraged to also apply to participate in the Diversity Sub-Internship Program.

Diversity Sub-Internship Program

Our Diversity Sub-Internship Program was created to provide opportunities for minority students in places where diversity historically has been lacking, particularly within the field of medicine. This program represents a continuum of the academic pipeline efforts to support students from a variety of backgrounds and prepare them for their futures.

To help foster equitable minority student experiences in academic surgery, we encourage minority students applying to the Sub-Internship Program to also apply for additional financial support. Through the Diversity Sub-Internship Program, we are able to award some minority sub-interns with $2,000 to help offset the cost of travel, housing, fees and incidental expenses.

Who Should Apply for the Diversity Sub-Internship Program?

The program is open to minority applicants who belong to groups that traditionally have been disadvantaged, underrepresented, or inadequately supported in medical training. 

We seek applications from racial minorities historically underrepresented in the health profession, including African American, American Indian, Alaska Native, Hispanic American and Pacific Islander students. We also seek applications from sexual and gender minorities, including those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender/gender nonconforming, queer/questioning or intersex. Finally, we seek applications from students whose pathways to medical training include substantial personal or financial adversity. The criteria under which the application is submitted need not be explicitly stated nor do these represent mutually exclusive categories. 

The Sub-Internship Program is four weeks in duration and is offered from August through October.

How to Apply

Students will be accepted into clinical rotations only if space is available during the preferred time period. All students must meet requirements set forth by the Washington University School of Medicine for all visiting students.

After April 15, 2022, learners may begin applying for and scheduling in-person away rotations with a start date of August 1, 2022 or later.

Washington University School of Medicine will open applications to medical students via the AAMC Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS) site for the 2022-23 academic year on May 10, 2022.

Application Requirements

To apply, students must submit the following:

  • Brief statement (500-word limit) describing your interest in academic surgery and a specific surgical specialty
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Curriculum vitae
  • USMLE scores
  • A jpg headshot photo of yourself
  • A recent, unofficial medical school transcript

Note: Students applying for the Diversity Sub-Internship Program will submit these required items on two applications: first for the  VSAS Sub-Internship application, then for the Diversity Sub-Internship application.


To be eligible for the program, candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Enrolled in the final year of medical school and in good academic standing at an LCME-accredited institution
  • All required core clerkships are complete

Sub-Internship applications are completed through the Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS).

Diversity Sub-Internship applications must be emailed to Pam Wolf.

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