The Help Our Students Travel (HOST) program connects current students traveling for residency interviews with alumni hosts in the vicinity of their interview sites. Alumni HOSTs may offer housing, helping to ease the financial burden and stress of the interview process. Alumni who cannot offer housing, may also be an eHOST by providing guidance on the local community, specialty, hospital, research and more. The HOST program provides a wonderful opportunity to build connections between students and alumni that can last a lifetime.
*Please note: While we endeavor to match as many alumni volunteer hosts with students as we can, we cannot guarantee that all volunteers will be contacted. We appreciate your support for this program!
Request a HOST
Seeking a HOST? Fill out a Host Request Form for each trip/location you need assistance with. The Office of Alumni Relations will connect you with potential hosts in the area you are traveling.HOST Request Form
We are looking for alumni volunteers to host medical students visiting their area for residency interviews and/or to be available to take questions on life after medical school. Let us know if you can help!Volunteer to be a HOST
Alumni HOST FAQ
Alumni who volunteer to be a HOST may do one or more of the following:
- Provide overnight accommodations for a student(s) for one or two evenings.
- Meals, transportation, and tours may be offered by the hosting alumni.
- Counsel students who have questions about the residency program or the community where they are interviewing.
- eHOST: Counsel students (over the phone or via e-mail) who have questions about the residency program or the community where they are interviewing.
Most residency interviews occur during the months of October through January.
Complete and submit the online HOST Volunteer Registration Form (above). The Office of Alumni Relations will then contact you to begin the match process.
Requestors are asked to contact their host as soon as they receive the contact information. Be sure to exchange cell phone/e-mail contact information. It is also a good idea to re-contact your student prior to his/her visit to confirm plans.
The person you are hosting will contact you as soon as possible to let you know about any change in their travel plans.
Students are asked to take a photo of the host family with him/her to submit to the Office of Alumni Relations. We also ask that you complete a Host Program evaluation form.
HOST Requests - FAQs
All hosts are alumni of McGovern Medical School.
You may request a host as often as needed. The Office of Alumni Relations will make as many host connections as possible. However, please keep in mind that you are not guaranteed a host match.
Yes, some hosts are willing to have students arrive early/stay an extra day in order to take advantage of better travel rates.
We have alumni hosts all over the country. With over 7,700 McGovern Medical School alumni, there may be a host anywhere you want to travel.
Fill out the HOST request form (above) to let us know when and where you will be traveling. The earlier you fill out your request, the more likely we are to find a host who can accommodate you. *Note: Please fill out a form for each trip where you would like to be connected with a host.
After you have submitted your request, we will do our best to find potential connections in your travel city. We will first connect on geographic area and if possible, also by specialty. Once a host connection is made, the Office of Alumni Relations will provide you with contact information and you are responsible for promptly contacting your host; sharing the details of your travel and interview plans; and arranging your stay. We ask that you contact them as we provide you with their information so they can plan accordingly. If plans change, be prompt in letting your host know.
Contact your host as soon as we give you their contact information. If you are matched early, contact your host right away and once again when it gets closer to the date of your travel.
We understand other interviews may arise, and/or you may decide to cancel an interview or a host visit. Please be respectful of the host’s time and schedule and let them know immediately if your plans have changed.
Yes, please follow-up with a thank you to your host and complete the HOST program evaluation.
Did you participate in the HOST program and have feedback? Let us know!Host Program Evaluation – for Alumni
Host Program Evaluation – for Students