HOSTS Program

For 2021/2022 and due to the COVID-19 pandemic, students will register with their residency interview information and the Office of Alumni Affairs will match students with one or two alumni in the residency interview area to promote a virtual mentor connection versus a travel connection.  We hope to return to the travel program in 2021/2022.  Students will be provided with instructions in a separate email.

Letter from Dean and Provost, Jerry Kruse, MD, MSPH

The HOSTS (Helping Our Students To Succeed) program matches SOM alumni volunteers across the country with SOM fourth-year medical students in need of complimentary overnight accommodations while conducting their residency interviews. Residency travel dates typically occur September through January. The program fosters mentoring relationships between the SOM students and alumni. If you are interested in participating in the HOSTS program, please choose the appropriate form below.


If you are interested in being a HOSTS volunteer, please complete the ALUMNI PROFILE FORM. You may share unique attributes of your household in the “Comments” section. 

Medical Students

If you are interested in participating in the HOSTS program, please see the student registration page and use the link to complete the form with the details of your residency interviews. Registration forms should be received at least two weeks prior to your travel date. If you have participated in the program, please fill out a brief survey about your experience.

Want to learn more?

Explore the details of the program in Question / Answer format. If you have additional questions, contact Julie Robbs in the Office of Alumni Affairs at 217.545.7800.