HOST (Help Our Students Travel) Program

Join the WSU School of Medicine HOST Program

From November through January, more than 290 WSU medical students will be competing for some of the best residency spots in the nation, and many of them will interview with ten or more programs. You can imagine how quickly the expenses for these trips will add up. As a member of the WSUSOM medical alumni community, you can help alleviate this financial burden for our medical students.

Help Our Students Travel (HOST) is a program sponsored by the WSU Medical Alumni Association designed to reduce students’ residency travel expenses and connect alumni and students throughout the country. Alumni volunteers provide students with a free place to stay as well as offer invaluable advice about residency training, the prospective medical center and community in which they are interviewing.

As a volunteer alumni host, this program promises you much in return. You will learn firsthand about theWSU School of Medicine today, our new buildings and 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.

If you are interested in participating in our HOST program, please click the appropriate link below to complete a survey. Please direct questions to the Alumni Affairs Office at 313-577-3587 or


Hear what the alumni and students say:

Rebecca Kornas utilized the HOST Program twice, most recently during a month-long rotation in Denver, staying with Dennis Ahnen, M.D., ’77.

“While there, Dr. Ahnen, who is familiar with interviewing budding physicians, helped prep me for my interview,” Kornas said. “He was able to get me to think about what I really wanted to convey in my interviews.” She was also grateful for Dr. Ahnen’s guidance while visiting a new city, providing her with support and advice in an unfamiliar situation.

By participating in the HOST Program, alumni can learn about the updates and changes made in the medical school while maintaining a connection with the School of Medicine. Carolyn Green, M.D., ’87, an alumnus practicing in Colorado, recently hosted a student and found the experience a rewarding way to reconnect with the School of Medicine.

“Hearing about the improvements in the area around the medical school since I was a student in the early 1980s was very interesting,” Dr. Green said. “It was fun to swap ‘when I was at Wayne’ stories and realize that while some things change, others stay the same.”

Become a volunteer for the Host Program | Students: Sign up here for the Host Program