Help Our Students Travel (HOST) Program
The "Help Our Students Travel" (HOST) Program matches fourth-year medical students with alumni volunteers in various cities during residency season.
Alumni volunteers host students while they are traveling for interviews offering lodging, invaluable advice about the community and medical center at which they are interviewing, and/or transportation to and from the interview(s). Becoming involved in the HOST Program is a great way for alumni to connect with current students, give back to their alma mater and help reduce student indebtedness as they begin their own medical careers.
The program is available during residency interview season (typically from October to January), although alumni are able to register as volunteers at any point throughout the course of the year.
Please refer to the list/map that outlines where our HOSTS are currently located.
HOW IT WORKS
- Alumni interested in being a host will complete the online registration form with all required information and e-sign the disclosure agreement.
- Students who are interested will complete an online request for HOST once they receive interview date(s) and e-sign a disclosure/agreement to abide by the code of conduct as detailed in the Student Handbook.
- Once the Office of Alumni Relations receives the student online request, they will reach out to alumni that have signed up for HOST in the requested area.
- Once an alumnus/alumna agrees, the Office of Alumni Relations will facilitate the connection, sending a joint communication to both parties including contact information and FAQ's.
Successful HOST pairings are based on the particular student needs in a given region, as well as the total number of Alumni HOST Ambassadors available in those areas. Some locations will have a higher demand than others (i.e. New York, New Jersey, Illinois, and California) and not all ambassadors will have the opportunity to host a student this year. We understand the impact our alumni have on the student experience and will do everything we can to pair students with Alumni HOST Ambassadors whenever possible.
HOST availabilities vary based on the locations of the RUSM alumni population and are paired on a first come, first served basis. To assist us in the matching process, please submit your requests well in advance of any upcoming interviews with a minimum of two weeks' notice. We recommend securing refundable accommodations for all HOST requests and you will be notified immediately if an Alumni HOST Ambassador is available in your area.