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Frequently asked questions

How often may I use the HOST program?
We ask that you limit your travel requests to three times so that we are able to accommodate as many students as possible. As we continue to add alumni to our database, we may revise that figure upward.

Who are the HOST volunteers?
All hosts are alumni - graduates who received their MD degree at UCD, plus residents, interns and fellows who received training here.

Where are HOSTs available?
Our database has alumni from coast to coast and in between including Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Nevada, Washington, Minnesota, Texas, California, Arizona. With over 15,000 alumni throughout the country - there's a potential host almost anywhere you plan to interview.

Is it possible to stay more than one day?
Yes, some alumni will work with your travel plans if you find you need to stay an extra day to receive a better travel fare.

Is my spouse able to stay with me?
Many hosts welcome spouses, but be sure to make those arrangements prior to your visit.

What can I expect from the host?
We simply ask the alumni host to provide overnight accommodations in their home for you. Some alumni hosts may go beyond this to offer transportation to and from interviews and airports, home cooked meals, tours of the area and professional insight on the area's medical community and your prospective medical center.

How do I sign up for the HOST program?
Contact the Office of Alumni Relations. We will work to find an alumni host for your travel requirements and provide you with the alumnus' contact information.

What do I do if my travel or interview plans change or get cancelled? Contact your host as soon as possible with your updated plans.

Do I need to do anything after returning from my interview travel?
Absolutely! Please send a thank you note to the alumnus who hosted your stay and copy the Alumni Relations Office as well for our records.