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 offered during the blocks below:

May 23, 2022 – June 19, 2022 (application due by April 25)
July 5, 2022 – July 31, 2022 (application due by June 6)
August 1, 2022 – August 28, 2022 (application due by July 4)
August 29, 2022 – September 25, 2022 (application due by August 1)
September 26, 2022 – October 23, 2022 (application due by August 29)
October 24, 2022 – November 20, 2022 (application due by September 26)
November 21, 2022 – December 18, 2022 (application due by October 24)

We do not accept students off the rotation blocks as outlined above.

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.


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

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. The Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery independently pre-screens all applicants for this externship.

Before applying to VSAS, students must submit the following documents to the program coordinator, Hayley Nichols

  • Brief statement (500-word limit) stating why you are applying for a visiting medical student rotation with our program, and whether or not you are interested in being considered for the Washington University Plastic Surgery Integrated Residency Program and/or the Diversity Sub-Internship Program.
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Curriculum vitae
  • USMLE scores
  • A jpg headshot photo of yourself
  • A recent, unofficial medical school transcript

Once the materials have been received, they will be reviewed by the division and the applicants will be informed of their acceptance once a decision has been made. Once an applicant has been approved, they will need to apply online through VSAS where they will be scheduled accordingly. Questions regarding the Plastic Surgery Externship may be directed to Hayley Nichols or 314-362-8028.

VSAS applications submitted for the Plastic Surgery Externship without prior division approval will be denied.

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 April 18, 2022.

Applications must be received at least 4 weeks prior to the start of the rotation date.

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 July through October.

All application materials must be submitted to Hayley Nichols ( by May 9, 2022. Decisions will be made by the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery by May 23, 2022.

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