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About the Host Program

The goal of our Host Program is to match UVA hosts across the country with fourth year medical students traveling for their residency interviews during the months of October through January.

Volunteers open their homes to a student (and possible spouse) for an overnight stay of one-to-two days and/or agree to speak with students who have questions about the residency program or the community where they are interviewing. Although not required, meals, transportation, and tours may be offered by the hosting alumni. Our hope is for the generosity of alumni to alleviate some of the financial burden faced by the students.

This is not only a great opportunity for students, but for the participating hosts as well. For alumni who live far away and have limited time to offer, this is an extraordinary opportunity to share experiences and insights, while the students can offer their unique perspectives and updates on the medical school.

“The Host Program absolutely exceeded my expectations. My hosts were kind, accommodating, and incredibly generous. They made my visit immeasurably more enjoyable and were so understanding in both offering support and giving me space to do work and rest when needed. Do hosts get an award? They deserve one.”

SMD’17 student

1. Register Online

Students: Fill out the Hosting Request Form with your travel dates, location and other necessary details. Alumni: Complete the Volunteer Form to be added to our list of available hosts.

2. Making a Match

When a request is received from a student, the UVA Medical Alumni Association will contact potential hosts in the requested city to check on availability.

3. Confirm and Connect

Once a host is found, the UVA Medical Alumni Association will provide the student and host with all the necessary details to connect.

Looking for a Host?

Ask students who have used the Host Program and they will tell you that the experience is way more than just a free place to stay. Your host provides a “home away from home” and will happily answer your questions about the city and/or residency programs you are considering.

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Ready to Volunteer?

A truly reciprocal experience, alumni volunteers often tell us that they enjoy meeting current UVA medical students who offer their unique perspectives and updates on the School of Medicine.

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