Supporting Diversity in Education

Our Commitment to Diversity

The UCSF Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery is committed to Diversity, Inclusion, and Respect for all members of our society. Recent societal events lay bare the disproportionately high incidence of violence perpetrated against the Black community. The Coronavirus pandemic disproportionately infects and kills members of the Black, Latinx, and Native American populations. Our department stands in firm solidarity against bias, hate, and discrimination of all kinds against any and all minorities or under-represented groups, and any and all people. We intend to amplify the message that Black Lives Matter.

As a department, we respect and celebrate the diversity and rich cultural contributions of our entire community, especially our staff, residents, fellows, students and faculty. We will continue to address our individual and institutional biases, strongly advocate for an anti-racist environment, and work diligently to minimize implicit bias and micro-aggressions in the workplace. We will continue to provide the highest level of compassionate and exceptional patient care for our community and for all who seek our expertise.

Here are some resources available to our prospective students.

Rotating Students Funding Support

We encourage URM applicants to apply for the following grants to support their rotation at UCSF:

  • UCSF School of Medicine Visiting Elective Scholarship Program
  • The Visiting Elective Scholarship Program supported by the UCSF School of Medicine was established to encourage fourth year medical students who are underrepresented in medicine or are interested in working with diverse populations to apply for a clinical elective at UCSF. For more information and the application:

Elective Scholarship

AAO-HNS Diversity Endowment URM Away Rotation Grant

  • Sponsored by the AAO-HNS Diversity and Inclusion Committee, this grant provides the winner $1000 to use towards travel, housing or food during their away rotation. For more information and the application: 

Diversity Grant

Additionally, pending applications to the above programs, the UCSF Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery will provide additional financial assistance up to $1500, to defray the cost of housing and travel to outstanding underrepresented minorities accepted into the Visiting Medical Student Clerkship Program. If you would like to be considered for this program, please send an email to Angie Shin at [email protected] for Summer/Fall electives. Your records from VSAS will be retrieved, and the medical student education faculty will determine the recipients. Recipients will be required to provide receipts for reimbursement.