BSOM Host Program
Help our students travel
The HOST Program is designed to connect BSOM medical students with alumni volunteers during the residency interview process. Coordinated by the Office of Student Affairs, HOST will grow the national network of BSOM medical alumni while reducing medical students’ expenses as they travel around the country for residency interviews.
As an alumni volunteer, you are asked to provide a student or students with a free place to stay during the interview process. You are also in an optimal situation to share your personal residency training experience and insight into the medical center and community in which they are interviewing.
In addition to what you will offer as a volunteer alumni host, this program promises you much in return. You will learn firsthand about the Brody School of Medicine today, the new curriculum, and changes on campus. Also, you will have the opportunity to renew your personal sense of pride as it is reflected in these outstanding students who have met the challenges of a highly demanding medical program.
As an alumni volunteer during the residency placement process, you will be instrumental in welcoming new BSOM residents who will be relocating to your community.
If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact the Office of Student Affairs (252) 744-2278.
Simply fill out the appropriate form below.
Frequently Asked Questions
How many times can I use the HOST program?
We ask that you limit the use of the program to 5 times so that we are able to accommodate as many students as possible. If you have more than 5 requests, we will work with you to try to accommodate, but will do so with other students in mind.
Is my spouse able to stay with me?
Many hosts welcome spouses.
Can I stay with a host for more than one day?
That is up to the HOST volunteer. We expect that some alumni host students for a week while the student completed several interviews in the region. Other alumni may only host students for 3 days just so the student could get a better travel rate on a Saturday stay over flight. We will work with our alumni volunteers to best suit your travel needs.
Who are the HOST volunteers?
All hosts are BSOM alumni - they have attended the Brody School of Medicine formally know as the East Carolina University School of Medicine Medicine for their undergraduate and/or graduate medical education, associated medical sciences or graduate basic sciences.
Where are HOSTs available?
There are potentially hosts anywhere you want to travel. If you have a question of whether or not there is a host in an area that you are interested in, please call our office at 744-2278.
What can I expect from the host?
We simply ask the alumni hosts to provide overnight accommodations in their home for you, although many hosts go above and beyond by offering transportation to and from interviews and airports, home cooked meals, guided tours of the area and invaluable professional insight on the regional medical community and your prospective medical center.
How do I sign up to utilize the HOST program?
Fill out the Student Registration Form to let us know when and where you will be traveling. We ask that you let us know about your travels as soon as possible so we can have as much time as we can to contact and find a host for you.
Do I contact the alumni host?
After you have completed the on-line Student Registration Form
, we will contact the alumni host and secure their interest and availability. We will then provide you with the alumnus' information. It is then up to you to contact your host and share the details of your travel and interview plans and arrange your stay. We ask that you contact them as soon as we give you their information so they know that you are definitely staying with them. If plans change, you can always contact them again.
How far in advance should I contact my host?
Contact your host as soon as we give you their information. If you are matched early, contact your host right away and again when it gets closer to the date of your travel. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT!
What do I do if my travel or interview plans change or get canceled?
Contact your host as soon as possible and let them know about the change in plans. Also, please inform Kelly Lancaster, HOST Program Coordinator, of the change as soon as you can.
Do I need to do anything after returning from using the HOST program?
Yes, we ask that you send a thank you note to the alumnus who hosted your stay.
Who do I contact if I have questions about the HOST program?
Please contact the Office of Student Affairs at 744-2278.