Help Our Students Travel (HOST) Program
The HOST Program (Help Our Students Travel) pairs current UNC SOM students in need of housing while traveling nationally for residency interviews with alumni hosts.
Whitehead Medical Society student government, in collaboration with the Office of Medical Education, have developed a program to help current 4th-year medical students connect with UNC School of Medicine alumni in cities all over the country throughout the residency interview season.
At this stage, we are inviting our alumni to opt-in to this program by completing this form which asks for demographic information including name, city in which you live, distance from local hospitals, specialty and graduation year.
Here are some FAQs:
If I sign up to host students, am I obligated to host all students that contact me?
Definitely not! Signing up only indicates your interest. When individual students contact you, it is up to you to decide whether you would like to or are able to accommodate them on the dates of their interviews.
Is there a deadline for submitting my information?
Yes and no. The form will stay open throughout the residency application process (February/March), however, students will receive your contact information in mid-September, thus it is helpful to have your information before then.
Who will have access to the information I provide?
This document is made available only to fourth-year students at the UNC School of Medicine who are applying to residency in the current academic year. They will be sent a link with the information of all those who have agreed to participate and they will have access to it throughout the application process and interview season. Physical addresses will not be collected through the form, and you will only be asked to provide this to students you actually plan to host.
Who will maintain this information?
The maintenance of the HOST Program will be a joint effort between the Whitehead Medical Society and the Office of Medical Education. All alumni can expect to receive a yearly email reminding them of the opportunity to provide contact information for the program. However, you will be able to edit or remove your information as needed throughout the year as well. Please email any requests for edits or removals to firstname.lastname@example.org. (We hate spam as much as anyone else and will only use the information you provide via this form for the HOST Program.)
We hope that the program will be a useful tool for current and future 4th year students and will continue to expand as students and alumni see its benefits. The Office of Medical Educations and Whitehead Medical Society look forward to answering your questions and working together in the interest of our students. Please contact the MS4 Class Co-Presidents at email@example.com with any questions.