HOST - Residency Interview Support

Help Our Students Travel

Request a H.O.S.T  There are H.O.S.T participants in cities throughout the country who are willing to volunteer their time to assist students in the residency interviewing process. 

Be a Host 

The Alumni Relations Office of the School of Medicine administers the HOST (Help Our Students Travel) program to assist 4th-year medical students when interviewing for residency programs out of state. We invite alumni or former house staff to be a volunteer in this program.

The various ways to be a HOST include providing general information about prospective hospitals and cities, providing transportation to and from the airport, dinner, and/or accommodations.

We need volunteer HOSTs near hospitals that have a residency program (except Utah). The HOST program has been a great service in the past to our students. We have heard many stories of students being helped. One student's bags were lost and he was provided a coat to wear to his interview; several have slept on couches of alumni; many have been given helpful directions for using light rail systems in various cities. Providing general information about the hospitals and hospital departments is a great way to help these students. Please complete the form by clicking on the green button on the right of the web page or the hyperlinked title above.

The School of Medicine Alumni Association will assist the student in connecting with physicians in their states of interest.

Who are the HOST Volunteers?

HOST volunteers are alumni from the University of Utah who have volunteered to host M4 medical students while they interview for residency programs in various locations throughout the country. The level of participation by a host varies.

Is there a HOST in every location?

There is no guarantee that a host will be available in the city you are interviewing. However, the program continues to grow and alumni are frequently volunteering to participate in the program.

What can I expect?

HOST participants have designated in what respect they will participate in the program. Some may only wish to introduce the student to colleagues. Others may provide meals, transportation, or a place to stay. The student will be notified in what respect their HOST has volunteered to participate.

How do I sign-up to participate in the HOST program?

Alumni who are interested in participating in the HOST program will need to complete the information form to designate what level of participation and to provide their contact information.

Students seeking to be connected with participating alumni need to complete the online request form. 

Who makes the arrangements?

Upon receipt of the student's request, the Alumni Relations Office will notify the student if there is a participating alum in the location specified and what the HOST participant has volunteered to do (i.e. transportation, accommodations, etc.) It is the responsibility of the student to make contact with the HOST volunteer and to coordinate arrangements.

How soon should I request to connect with an Alum participating in the HOST program?

You will want to submit your H.O.S.T requests as soon as you know your date(s) of travel. You may submit additional request forms as dates arise. As well, upon receipt of the HOST contact information, you should connect with the HOST participant in order to set schedules and to make arrangements.

Is there follow-up needed after utilizing the HOST program?

We ask that students send a thank-you note following their visit with a HOST participant. HOST volunteers have generously offered their time and resources in helping to facilitate the requests of those interviewed in their cities. The Alumni Relations Office also asks for feedback from both the student and the host regarding their experience with the program.

If I have questions about the HOST program who do I contact?