HOSTS Q & A for Students

How many times can I use the HOSTS program?

We ask that students limit the use of the program to five times so that we are able to accommodate as many student requests as possible. We will make every effort to match all requests, but students should be mindful that additional requests will be handled on an "as available" basis after we have accommodated other students enrolled in the program.

What can I expect from my Alumni HOST(S)?

We encourage students to engage the alumni host in meaningful dialog that would provide insight on the prospective medical center, cost of living in the region, and other quality of life questions. If the alumni host is agreeable, we ask students to commemorate the discussion with a photo/screenshot of themselves and the host. The photo will be used as part of a HOSTS program photo gallery on the School of Medicine alumni web page.

How do I sign up for the HOSTS program?

Complete the Student Registration Form to advise when and where residency interviews will occur. The student registration form must be submitted at least two weeks prior to the interview dates to allow adequate time for a host match. The Office of Development & Alumni Relations will stay in communication with the student as the match proceeds.

What criteria are used for matching alumni volunteers and students?

When a student completes the on-line Student Registration Form, we contact prospective alumni hosts based on the student's provided residency and specialty information. The student will be contacted when a successful match is confirmed.

How far in advance should I contact my host?

Contact your host immediately upon receiving the information. If you are matched with an alumni host early, the student must reconfirm plans one week prior to your scheduled discussion. The reconfirmation process is an important way to give hosts assurance that plans have not changed.

What if my interview plans or dates change?

Contact your alumni host immediately to advise them of the change. Then contact Kate Moore at within 24 hours of the change.

Do I need to do anything after using the program?

Yes, we ask that you send a thank you note to the alumni host and complete an on-line evaluation regarding your HOSTS experience within 10 days of your discussion/meeting. In addition, please email any photos of you with your HOST(S) to Kate Moore at

Can the HOSTS Program coordinate accommodations for away electives?

Not at this time.