Asa G. Yancey Visiting Student Diversity Scholarship

Asa Yancey, MD

Asa Yancey, MD, 1916-2013

The mission of the Asa G. Yancey Visiting Student Diversity Scholarship is to expose minority medical students from underrepresented backgrounds to one of the various training programs in the Department of Surgery at Emory University School of Medicine. The award aims to increase the number of minority trainees in a surgical residency program at Emory and in surgery as a whole. Medical students selected for this scholarship will be considered for a residency interview at Emory.

Visiting student applications are being accepted through the Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS). The first available rotation will be the block beginning August 2, 2021. Applications for the Yancey scholarship will be accepted through June 11, 2021. Scholarship applicants must apply for a visiting rotation at Emory through VSAS as well as complete the scholarship application, details of which are below.

Learn more about Emory's general surgery residency program.

Asa G. Yancey, MD

The scholarship is named in honor of Dr. Asa G. Yancey, the first African American physician to serve at Atlanta's Grady Memorial Hospital. Dr. Yancey was appointed chief of surgery at Grady's Hughes Spalding Pavilion from 1958-1972. Shortly thereafter, he established the first accredited surgical residency program for African Americans in the state of Georgia.

In 1964, Dr. Yancey became the first African American faculty member at the Emory University School of Medicine. His many other activities and accomplishments included serving on the Atlanta Board of Education from 1966-1976.

Dr. Yancey's biography.

Scholar Responsibilities and Rotation Details

The Yancey Scholarship consists of one-month of rotations on either the general, vascular, or thoracic surgery services at Emory University Hospital; two weekend trauma call shifts with Emory residents at Grady Memorial Hospital; and attendance of weekly Department of Surgery Grand Rounds and resident didactic courses.

Yancey scholars will receive mentoring from both faculty and current residents, and meet with Allan Pickens, MD, faculty advisor for the Department of Surgery's Diversity Committee and program director for both the integrated cardiothoracic and traditional cardiothoracic residency programs.


Yancey scholars will receive a stipend of $1500 toward travel, housing, and food costs.


Yancey scholarship applicants should be fourth year medical students from underrepresented minorities in good academic standing at their home institution.

Additionally, applicants must provide documentation of:

  • USMLE STEP 1 score, if available

  • USMLE STEP 2 score, if available

  • Honors or high passing score (or equivalent, i.e., A or B grade) in the third year surgery clerkship


Competitive applicants must submit:

  • Cover letter including personal statement

  • Recommendation from their surgery clerkship director

  • Curriculum vitae

  • Transcript from the School Registrar's office

  • Letter of good standing from the Dean's office

  • In addition to the previously mentioned application material, interested students should also apply for a rotation at Emory through VSAS
    – Please list Emory A, Emory Acute Care Surgery, Emory Breast/Melanoma/Endocrine Surgery, and Emory Hepatobiliary Surgery as your VSAS rotation choices (in order of preference)
    – If interested in any of the integrated surgery training programs (Cardiac, Plastic Surgery or Vascular), please include the rotation in your VSAS application


Application materials should be saved as a single PDF and emailed to

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