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Best Electives in the US

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Best Electives in the US | A list of Electives and US Clinical Experience for IMGs!


How do you get clinical electives in the US ?
Can IMGS do electives?

Electives in the USA without STEP 1?

How much do electives cost?!

I have been asked these questions every day by so many international medical graduates 🎓 looking to do US 🇺🇸 clinical experience before applying to the MATCH®. For this reason, we made the #Elective_list 📋 to provide IMGs 👩‍⚕️👨‍⚕️ with an updated list 📋 of top-notch institutions 🏥 where they can do electives and all the requirements for each institution including STEP1, STEP 2 CK, visa, fees 💵, insurance, links 🔗, changes during COVID 🦠, etc.

One requirement for all electives is to be a student at the time of doing the elective (you should do the elective before graduation 🎓). Another thing to keep in mind is that processing time ⏳ for electives can take months 📆 in some institutions. Therefore, start looking 👀 at the list and make your plan and schedule so you can complete your elective on time before you finish your medical school.

What are electives in the US?

Electives are hands-on clinical experience in a US hospital 🏥 where you get to do the tasks/responsibilities that a US 🇺🇸 medical student does in their final year of medical school.

What are the requirements for doing an elective in the US?

Generally, STEP 1, being a medical student at the time ⏳ of the elective, being in final years of medical school, fees 💴, health insurance, malpractice insurance, and immunization forms. However, the requirements vary by institution, and these are summarized below for each institution.

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How do I get electives in the US as an IMG? How do I find electives in the US?

Mainly by checking 🔍 the websites of the different institutions that offer electives. This blog has a detailed list 📋 of the main institutions that offer electives and their requirements.

Can I do electives after I graduate?

No❌. You must be a medical student at the time of doing your elective.

Can I do electives without STEP 1?

Although the majority of institutions require STEP 1 for electives, some institutions might not ask for it. You can check 🔍 the requirements for each institution below.

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Can IMGs do electives?

Yes ✅, IMGs can do electives. However, not all institutions accept IMGs. The list 📋 below includes this information.

How much do you pay for electives? Are electives free?

There is a fee 💴 for most electives. The application fee is just to apply and you lose it even if you are not accepted for the elective. The elective fee must be paid after you are accepted. The different fees for different institutions are summarized in the list 📋 below.

What is the duration of electives in the USA?

Generally, 4 weeks ⏳.

Are electives important for matching in the US?

Yes ✅. Electives are a great way to get hands-on clinical experience, learn about the US 🇺🇸 healthcare system, and show your clinical experience which can help you get letters of recommendation (LORs) ✉️.

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Which is better, electives or observerships?

Electives ✅, as you get hands-on clinical experience during electives while in observerships, you are mainly shadowing someone without doing much 🤷‍♂️.

When can you apply for electives in the US?

Each institution has a different timeline for applying for electives. For the details regarding when to apply, check the list 📋 below.

What is the VSLO®(Visiting Student Learning Opportunities)?

VSLO – think of it as your passport to clinical rotations at different institutions in the U.S. It’s this super handy online program that lets you find and apply for awesome clinical and research opportunities across the U.S.

In more detail, the VSLO (Visiting Student Learning Opportunities) is an online platform by the Association of American Medical Colleges that connects medical students to diverse clinical and research opportunities across different healthcare systems. This could be a short-term elective, a longer-term research project, or a public health opportunity.

The centralized system streamlines the application process. This allows you to easily apply to multiple institutions without juggling a bunch of different application procedures and deadlines. However, keep in mind that there might still be institution-specific requirements to be mindful of.

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Which Electives Do NOT require VSLO?

Check out the list of electives/away rotations that accept non-VSLO accredited applicants HERE.

Are virtual electives/ telerotations helpful?

Telerotations 💻 are not as helpful as in-person US clinical experience since you won’t be able to demonstrate your clinical skills and ability to understand the team dynamics on virtual platforms. It is also challenging to get a valuable letter of recommendation ✉️ through virtual rotations. Remember that there is a difference between a clinical rotation and a lecture. Virtual rotations are more like school lectures which are totally different from real-life interactions in a hospital.

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Which Electives Do NOT require VSLO?

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Medicine

Location : Hobbs, NM
Specialty : Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Emergency medicine

Part of Harvard Exchange Clerkship Program

CURRENTLY NOT ACCEPTING IMGS DUE TO COVID-19

STEP1: YES

STEP2: NO

Conditions:

Being in the final year of medical school
Being in good academic standing at medical school
Completed satisfactorily the core clinical clerkship requirements comparable to HMS core
In compliance with HMS immunization requirements
Fluent in the English
Apply Only through VSLO (VSAS)
Requirements:

English test required: NO available information
health insurance (can be provided post-acceptance): Proof of personal insurance coverage + Professional Liability and Malpractice Coverage
Visa: NO available information
Immunizations: AAMC Standardized Immunization Form
CORI Request Form
Application through VSLO (VSAS)
Fees: $115.00 USD application fee per experience + tuition fee (change annually)
For details: Click Here 

1. Massachusetts General Hospital

  • NOT ACCEPTING IMGS
  • ACCEPT US AND CANADIAN STUDENTS ONLY THROUGH VSLO (VSAS)

For details: Click Here

2. University of California (San Francisco)

STEP1: NO available information

STEP2: NO available information

Conditions:

  • Final year medical students who are attending either LCME or COCA accredited schools, or schools with which Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine has a formal affiliation.
  • Currently accepting outside students: Yes
  • Accept IMGS: Yes

Requirements:

  • English test required: NO available information
  • must have health insurance: travel insurance that meets the J-1 exchange visitor health insurance requirements OR enroll in the JHUSOM student health program.
  • Visa: B-1/B-2 visa (will be provided with the necessary documentation to support their application).
  • Immunizations: AAMC standardized immunization form OR JHUSOM Visiting Student Immunization Record form + COVID-19 vaccine approved by FDA + influenza vaccination.

Fees: registration $500 for each elective (+ $5000 for visiting students from non-LCME accredited schools), health insurance $330 per month (if applicable) and parking maximum $12 daily (if applicable).

Offer virtual electives BUT students registered for virtual electives are not permitted to enter School of Medicine research or clinical facilities.

Specialties accepted: most specialties accepted

For details: Click Here  

3. Johns Hopkins University

Electives Without VSLO?

Only with prior Contract/Affiliation Agreement with the medical school
No available information if accepting individual applications

For details: Click Here 

4. Brigham and Women's Hospital

STEP1: YES

STEP2: NO

Conditions:

  • Being in the final year of medical school
  • Being in good academic standing at medical school
  • Have completed approximately 48 weeks of actual patient care clinical experiences (verification by medical school is required)
  • Apply Only through VSLO (VSAS)

Currently accepting outside students: Yes

Accept IMGS: Yes

Requirements:

  • English test required: TOEFL examination within the last two years if instruction at the home medical school is not in English
  • personal health insurance coverage in the amount of a minimum of $50,000
  • Visa: NO available information
  • Immunization: information available through VSLO
  • Application: Only through VSLO (VSAS)
  • Personal statement
  • CV
  • Medical school transcript
  • Board scores (USMLE/COMLEX)
  • Letters of recommendation (number required varies by elective)

Fees: $350

Provides malpractice and liability insurance

Specialties accepted: most specialties accepted

For details: Click Here 

5. Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science

  • Currently NOT accepting international Students
  • Only accept through VSLO (VSAS) and information are Only available on VSLO (VSAS)

For details: Click Here 

6. Duke University Hospital

Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis Live Sessions

The purpose of this course is to give you the skills necessary to conduct
systematic reviews and publish research articles.
  • Only Pediatrics department accept IMGS
  • Currently NOT accepting due to COVID-19

STEP1: NO available information

STEP2: NO available information

Requirements:

Fees: $150

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7. University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

  • Accept Only through VSLO (VSAS) and if international student should be first screened by Global REACH office
  • Details are available Only on VSLO (VSAS)

8. University of Michigan Health System

  • Currently due to COVID-19 Only accepts applicants from the LCME and Osteopathic school in US/Canada
  • Also accepts International Exchange Affiliation from certain medical schools

STEP1: NO available information

STEP2: NO available information

Requirements:

  • English test required: NO available information
  • Health insurance: NO available information
  • Visa: B-1, WB
  • Immunization: Immunization form
  • CV, Official Transcript, Photo

Fees: $50 application fee + $150 per elective for LCME Students (US/Canada), Osteopathic Students (international students are waived) + COVID-19 fee $65.

Temporary changes in application requirements regarding COVID-19: Check Here 

For details: Click Here 

9. New York Presbyterian Hospital (Columbia Campus): (Colombia Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons)

  • Accept Only through VSLO (VSAS).
  • Details are available Only on VSLO (VSAS).

Fees: $100 application fee

10. Washington University/B-JH/SLCH Consortium

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  • Currently Not accepting IMGs due to COVID-19
  • Only accept students from affiliated institutions
  • English test required: TOEFL

For details: Click Here

11. University of Pennsylvania Health System

STEP1: YES

STEP2: NO

Conditions:

  • Being in the 4th year of medical school.
  • attend a University that signed onto the AAMC Uniform Clinical Training Agreement or has an affiliation agreement with Vanderbilt University.
  • have either BLS or ACLS training that has not expired.
  • If accepted at Vanderbilt, agree that this elective will be the only extramural elective taken for the year.
  • Apply Only through VSLO (VSAS).
  • Currently accepting outside students: Yes
  • Accept IMGS: Yes

Requirements:

Fees: $160.00 processing fee

Specialties accepted: most specialties accepted BUT Some electives, like Orthopaedics require a letter of recommendation.

For details: Click Here 

12. Vanderbilt University Medical Center

For details: Click Here

14. McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University: (Feinberg School of Medicine)

  • Not accepting IMGs

For details: Click Here

15. NYU Grossman School of Medicine

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  • Only accept IMGs from schools with which it has established reciprocal exchange agreements.

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16. UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine/UCLA Medical Center

STEP1: YES

STEP2: NO

Conditions:

  • Being in the final year of medical school.

Currently accepting outside students: Yes

Accept IMGS: Yes

Requirements:

  • English test required: TOEFL examination
  • Health insurance: personal health coverage + medical liability and/or malpractice insurance covered by your home school
  • Visa: B-1 Visa
  • Immunization: AAMC Standardized Immunization Form
  • Official school transcript
  • letter from your Registrar or Dean stating that you are in good standing
  • proof of passing step1
  • international criminal background check
  • drug screening test, in the United States through Advantage Students at least 30 days before the elective

Fees: $500 application fee + $3,500 additional registration fee (if accepted)

Specialties accepted: most specialties accepted

For details: Click Here

17. Emory University School of Medicine

  • Currently Not accepting IMGS due to COVID-19

STEP1: can be added to application but not mandatory requirement.

STEP2: NO

Conditions: no specific conditions

Requirements:

  • English test required: TOEFL examination (a score of 22-30 in each category)
  • Health insurance: proof of insurance needed
  • Visa: B-1 visa
  • Immunization: Icahn school of Medicine Medical Status Form + Lab results
  • BL or ACLS
  • Letter of Good Standing which must indicate your expected graduation date
  • Letters of Recommendation (only 2 will be accepted)
  • Official School Transcript, CV

Fees: $1,000.00 (Only accept Traveler’s Check, Cashier’s Check, International Money Order or Bank Draft) + STUDENT HEALTH FEE OF $50.00 (if accepted) + tuition of $2,000.00 (US) per month (if accepted)

Apply 7-8 months before elective

For details: Click Here

18. Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (Mount Sinai Hospital)

Part of Harvard Exchange Clerkship Program

  • Currently Not accepting IMGS due to COVID-19

STEP1: YES

STEP2: NO

Conditions:

  • Being in the final year of medical school
  • Being in good academic standing at medical school
  • Completed satisfactorily the core clinical clerkship requirements comparable to HMS core
  • In compliance with HMS immunization requirements
  • Fluent in the English
  • Apply Only through VSLO (VSAS)

Requirements:

  • English test required: NO available information
  • health insurance (can be provided post-acceptance): Proof of personal insurance coverage + Professional Liability and Malpractice Coverage
  • Visa: NO available information
  • Immunizations: AAMC Standardized Immunization Form
  • CORI Request Form
  • Application through VSLO (VSAS)

Fees: $115.00 USD application fee per experience + tuition fee (change annually)

For details: Click Here

19. Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

  • Currently Not accepting IMGS due to COVID-19

STEP1: can be added to application but not mandatory requirement.

STEP2: NO

Conditions:

  • Being in the final year of medical school
  • being enrolled in a medical school that is part of a university.

Requirements:

  • English test required: TOEFL (at least 100) Or IELTS (at least 7) Or official letter from the Dean of school confirming English language proficiency
  • health insurance (post-acceptance): Proof of personal insurance coverage + Professional Liability and Malpractice Coverage
  • Visa: NO available information
  • Immunizations (post-acceptance): Vaden Health Center Immunization Form + Lab results
  • Official Letter of Support (good standing, being in final year of medical school, and have satisfactorily completed core clinical clerkships)
  • Signed International Visiting Student Program Dean’s Statement Form
  • Letters of Recommendation: At least two (2) Letters of Recommendation
  • Criminal Background Check
  • Official Transcript, CV
  • Optional documents: Personal Statement of Intent, USMLE Step1/IFOM
  • Respiratory Mask Fit Certification (post-acceptance)

Fees: $300 application fee + $125 document fee + tuition (post-acceptance and based on elective duration)

DOES NOT GRANT Letters of Recommendations.

For details: Click Here

20. Stanford Health Care-Sponsored Stanford University

STEP1: YES

STEP2: NO

Conditions:

  • Being in the final year of medical school.
  • Being in good academic standing at medical school
  • Apply Only through VSLO (VSAS)
  • Currently accepting outside students: Yes
  • Accept IMGS: Yes

Requirements:

  • English test required: TOEFL examination
  • Health insurance: personal health coverage + medical liability and/or malpractice insurance covered by your home school
  • Visa: J-1 or F-1 Visa
  • Immunization: AAMC Standardized Immunization Form
  • Official school transcript
  • letter from your Registrar or Dean stating that you are in good standing
  • proof of passing step1
  • international criminal background check
  • drug screening test, in the United States through Advantage Students at least 30 days before the elective

Fees: $500 application fee + $3,500 additional registration fee (if accepted)

For details: Click Here

21. Baylor College of Medicine

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  • Currently Not accepting IMGs due to COVID-19

Application conditions:  Click Here

Application requirements: Visiting Student Checklist

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22. University of Florida (Gainesville)

  • Currently Not accepting IMGs due to COVID-19

Application conditions: 

Check Here

Accept Only through VSLO (VSAS).

Application requirements are available Only on VSLO (VSAS).

For details: Click Here

23. University of Florida (Jacksonville)

Statistics + Research course

Learn the step-by-step process from project inception to publication and how to perform the analysis on the statistical software (SPSS and JMP).
  • Not accepting IMGs

For details: Click Here

24. University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics

STEP1: YES

STEP2: NO

Conditions:

  • Being in the fourth year of medical school.
  • Being in good academic standing at medical school
  • Completed satisfactorily the following core clinical clerkship requirements (Surgery, Medicine, Psychiatry, Family Medicine, OB/GYN, Pediatrics)
  • Accept Only through VSLO (VSAS).
  • An affiliation agreement between OHSU and the student’s home school (done post-acceptance)

Currently accepting outside students: Yes

Accept IMGS: Yes

Requirements:

  • English test required: No available information
  • Health insurance: personal health coverage + medical liability and/or malpractice insurance covered by your home school
  • Visa: No available information
  • Immunization: AAMC Standardized Immunization Form
  • Official school transcript
  • CV/Resume
  • Letter of recommendation uploaded by home institution.
  • Letter of intent. If you are applying to multiple departments at OHSU, combine all letters of intent into one document to submit through VSLO.
  • proof of passing step1
  • international criminal background check
  • Copy of current BLS/ACLS card. 
  • Visiting students must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to rotating at OHSU.

Fees: $100 per rotation (post-acceptance)

Specialties accepted: most specialties accepted

For details: Click Here

25. Oregon Health & Science University

Accept Only through VSLO (VSAS).

Details are available Only on VSLO (VSAS).

Malpractice insurance required

Immunization: : AAMC Standardized Immunization Form + COVID-19

For details: Check Here

26. University of Virginia Medical Center

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  • Not accepting IMGs

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27. University of Maryland

STEP1: NO available information

STEP2: NO available information

Conditions:

  • Accept Only through VSLO (VSAS). If you don’t have access to VSLO You will need to complete a brief registration form in order to gain access to apply through VSLO.
  • Currently accepting outside students: Yes
  • Accept IMGS: Yes

Requirements:

  • English test required: TOEFL examination
  • Health insurance: proof of health insurance from student’s health insurance company
  • Visa: No information available
  • Immunization: AAMC Standardized Immunization Form
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • Official school transcript
  • CV
  • letter from your Dean stating that you are in good standing (include being in final year and rank)

Fees: No information available

Specialties accepted: most specialties accepted

For details: Click Here

28. Yale-New Haven Medical Center

  • Not accepting IMGs

For details: Click Here

29. University of California Davis Health

  • Only accept IMGs from certain universities with prior formal affiliation.

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30. Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University/TJUH

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STEP1: YES

STEP2: NO

Conditions:

  • Being in the final year of medical school.
  • Completed satisfactorily the core clinical clerkships

Currently accepting outside students: Yes

Accept IMGS: Yes

Requirements:

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Fees: 2600$ (100$ application fee, 500$ when offered a spot, 2000$ elective fee)

Specialties accepted: most specialties accepted

For details: Click Here

  • Currently Not accepting IMGs due to COVID-19

STEP1: YES

STEP2: NO

Conditions:

  • Being in the final year of medical school.
  • Being in good academic standing at medical school
  • Completed satisfactorily the core clinical clerkship requirements

Currently accepting outside students: Yes

Accept IMGS: Yes

Requirements:

  • English test required: TOEFL examination
  • Health insurance: personal health coverage + medical liability and/or malpractice insurance covered by your home school or provide proof of insurance
  • Visa: B-1 Visa (can be sent post-acceptance)
  • Immunization: AAMC Standardized Immunization Form + COVID-19 vaccine
  • Copy of your Curriculum Vitae in English.
  • letter from your Registrar or Dean stating that you are in good standing
  • proof of passing step1
  • criminal background checks (by a federal or local agency) within one year of the requested rotation
  • Urine Drug Screening

Fees: $400 application processing fee

Specialties accepted: most specialties accepted

For details:

 https://my.clevelandclinic.org/departments/elective-program

STEP1: NO

STEP2: NO

Conditions:

  • Being in the final year of medical school OR Completed satisfactorily the core clinical clerkship requirements
  • Being in good academic standing at medical school
  • approval of the administration of your home school to attend courses at UAB.

Currently accepting outside students: Yes

Accept IMGS: Yes

Requirements:

  • English test required: TOEFL examination OR document from your medical school stating that English is the first language used
  • Health insurance: No information available
  • Visa: B-1 Visa
  • Immunization: No information available
  • Official school transcript
  • Curriculum vitae/resume
  • letter from your Registrar or Dean stating that you are in good standing
  • Copy of the biographical information page of your passport
  • Letter stating your purpose and reason of interest in the elective(s) you have chosen

Fees: $300 application fee + $5,000 elective fee (paid if accepted and includes tuition, housing and transport to and from the airport)

Specialties accepted: most specialties accepted

For details:

https://www.uab.edu/medicine/international/international-students/international-visiting-medical-students

No available information if currently accepting IMGs (For international student inquiries Please contact Dr. Irma Frank, Senior Associate Dean for International Programs. Dr. Frank can be reached at franki@georgetown.edu.)

Accept Only through VSLO (VSAS).

For details:

https://som.georgetown.edu/medicaleducation/visiting-students-program/

No available information if currently accepting IMGs

Offer electives for only some subspecialties of internal medicine + pathology + dermatology

Application:

https://www.gundersenhealth.org/medical-education/student-programs/medical-students/general-electives-application/

For details:

https://www.gundersenhealth.org/medical-education/student-programs/medical-students/

No available information if currently accepting IMGs

Only offer emergency medicine electives

Accept Only through VSLO (VSAS).

Details are available Only on VSLO (VSAS).

For details:

https://www.nyp.org/queens/graduate-medical-education/emergency-medicine/undergraduate-education/emergency-medicine-sub-i-clerkship

  • Currently Not accepting IMGs due to COVID-19

STEP1: YES

STEP2: NO

Requirements:

  • English test required: Yes
  • Health insurance: personal health coverage + medical liability and/or malpractice insurance (both can be bought through McGovern Medical School)
  • Visa: F-1 Visa
  • Immunization: Required including HBV vaccine
  • Official school transcript
  • Dean’s letter and two clinical faculty letters of recommendation.
  • proof of passing step1
  • Verification of completion of ore clinical clerkships
  • Imprint of your official school seal is required on the application.

Fees: $350 application fee

Specialties accepted: most specialties accepted

For details: https://med.uth.edu/admissions/student-affairs/visiting-student-course-catalog/

  • Currently Not accepting IMGs due to COVID-19
  • Only accept IMGs form from medical schools that have an existing affiliation agreement with

For details:

https://medicine.temple.edu/education/md-program/visiting-students/international-students

  • No available information but mostly not accepting IMGs as NYU Grossman School of Medicine

  • Only accept IMGs from schools with which it has established reciprocal exchange agreements.

For details: https://medschool.ucla.edu/current-visiting-students

Not accepting IMGs ” students must attend an LCME or COCA accredited school.:

Accept Only through VSLO (VSAS).

Details are available Only on VSLO (VSAS).

For details:

https://health.usf.edu/medicine/registrar/md-visiting-students

Only accept IMGs from schools with preexisting, written agreement.

Accept Only through VSLO (VSAS).

Details are available Only on VSLO (VSAS).

For details:

https://medicine.iu.edu/md/admissions/guest-students

  • Currently Not accepting IMGs due to COVID-19

 

  • Accept Only through VSLO (VSAS)

STEP1: YES

STEP2: NO

Requirements:

  • English test required: No information available
  • Health insurance: medical liability and/or malpractice insurance covered by your home school
  • Visa: No information available
  • Immunization: No information available
  • Official school transcript
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation from a faculty member
  • proof of passing step1
  • Statement of education goals for elective experience at the School of Medicine

Fees: No information available

Specialties accepted: most specialties accepted

For details: https://school.wakehealth.edu/Education-and-Training/MD-Program/Visiting-Medical-Students

  • Currently Not accepting IMGs due to COVID-19

Offer internal medicine, urology, neurosurgery, orthopedic and emergency medicine electives “no available information on other specialties”

Accept Only through VSLO (VSAS).

Internal medicine details:

https://atriumhealth.org/education/graduate-medical-education/physician-residencies/internal-medicine/medical-student-information

Urology details:

https://atriumhealth.org/education/graduate-medical-education/physician-residencies/urology/medical-student-rotations

Neurosurgery details:

https://atriumhealth.org/education/graduate-medical-education/physician-residencies/neurological-surgery/sub-internships

Orthopedic details:

https://atriumhealth.org/education/graduate-medical-education/physician-residencies/orthopedic-surgery/application-process

Emergency details:

https://atriumhealth.org/education/graduate-medical-education/physician-residencies/emergency-medicine/medical-student-rotation

  • Currently Not accepting IMGs due to COVID-19
  • Accept Only through VSLO (VSAS).

STEP1: YES

STEP2: NO

Conditions:

  • Being in the final year of medical school.
  • Being in good academic standing at medical school
  • Completed satisfactorily the core clinical clerkship requirements

Requirements:

  • English test required: TOEFL OR IELTS examination
  • Health insurance: personal health coverage + medical liability and/or malpractice insurance covered by your home school
  • Visa: B-1 Visa
  • Immunization: AAMC Standardized Immunization Form + TB testing with results
  • Official school transcript
  • letter from your Registrar or Dean stating that you are in good standing
  • proof of passing step1
  • OSHA Universal Precautions training and HIPAA training

Fees: $1500 acceptance fee

Specialties accepted: most specialties accepted

For details: https://ssom.luc.edu/regrec/students/visitingstudents/internationalstudents/

  • Currently Not accepting IMGs due to COVID-19
  • Only accept IMGs from schools with preexisting, written agreement. (can request exception from the Office of Global Health and the clinical department)
  • Accept Only through VSLO (VSAS).

STEP1: YES

STEP2: NO

Conditions:

  • Being in the final year of medical school
  • Being in good academic standing at medical school
  • Completed satisfactorily the core clinical clerkship requirements

Requirements:

  • English test required: No information available
  • Health insurance: personal health coverage + medical liability and/or malpractice insurance
  • Visa: No information available
  • Immunization: Required
  • Official school transcript
  • curriculum vitae
  • Receive elective credit from home institution
  • Document proof of training in Universal Precautions (blood-borne and airborne pathogens)
  • Document proof of Basic Life Support (BLS) compliance
  • proof of passing step
  • proof of completing the core clinical clerkships
  • letter from your Registrar or Dean stating that you are in good standing
  • Drug screening test (can be done in 1st day of elective)

Fees: No information available

Specialties accepted: most specialties accepted

For details: https://med.uc.edu/education/medical-student-education/registrar/visiting-students

STEP1: YES

STEP2: NO

Conditions:

  • Being in a clinical year of medical school.
  • Accept applications through VSLO (VSAS) OR by contacting Global Health Office at Rutgers Health

 

Currently accepting outside students: Yes

Accept IMGS: Yes

Requirements:

Fees: $75.00 processing fee (if accepted)

Specialties accepted: most specialties accepted

For details:

https://rwjms.rutgers.edu/education/medical_education/visiting-students

IMGs are only eligible for an elective rotation if they are a former HFHS employee or have an immediate family member who is a current or former HFHS employee/volunteer

Accept Only through VSLO (VSAS).

Application:

https://www.henryford.com/-/media/files/henry-ford/hcp/med-ed/ugme/international-student-elective-application-2016.pdf?la=en

For details:

https://www.henryford.com/hcp/med-ed/ugme/application

Only accept IMGs as a part of exchange program with certain universities but currently don’t accept any IMG due to COVID-19

For details:

https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/education/md/visiting-students.aspx

STEP1: YES

STEP2: NO

Conditions:

  • Being in the final year of medical school.
  • Accept Only through VSLO (VSAS).

Currently accepting outside students: Yes

Accept IMGS: Yes

Requirements:

  • English test required: No available information
  • Health insurance: No available information
  • Visa: No available information
  • Immunization: AAMC Standardized Immunization Form
  • Official school transcript
  • CV
  • proof of passing step1

Fees: $300 application fee

Specialties accepted: most specialties accepted

For details:

https://www.lsuhs.edu/our-schools/registrar/visiting-medical-students

Accept Only through VSLO (VSAS).

Details are available Only on VSLO (VSAS).

For details:

https://www.amc.edu/academic/undergraduate/visitingstudents.cfm

Only accept IMGs from institutions with which the school has a formal exchange.

Accept Only through VSLO (VSAS).

For details:

https://residency.palmettohealth.org/why-choose/visiting-medical-students/

  • Only accept IMGs from schools with preexisting exchange agreement.

For details:

https://www.meded.uci.edu/curricular-affairs/visiting-students.asp

  • Only accept IMGs from schools with preexisting affiliation agreement.

For details:

https://medicine.utah.edu/students/current-students/visiting-students/

Currently Not accepting IMGs due to COVID-19

Application:

https://my.clevelandclinic.org/-/scassets/files/org/florida/professionals/medical-student-education/mse-rotation-application.pdf?la=en

For details:

https://my.clevelandclinic.org/florida/medical-professionals/education/medical-student-education

CWRU Visiting Student program has transitioned to University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center as the Host Institution.

Currently Not accepting IMGs due to COVID-19

Accept Only through VSLO (VSAS).

Details are available Only on VSLO (VSAS).

For details:

https://www.uhhospitals.org/medical-education/undergraduate-medical-education/visiting-medical-student-program

  • No available information regarding IMGs acceptance
  • Accept Only through VSLO (VSAS).

STEP1: YES

STEP2: NO

Conditions:

  • Being in the final year of medical school.
  • Being in an accredited medical school or from institutions with which UTHSC has a formal exchange program.
  • Being in good academic standing at medical school
  • Completed satisfactorily the core clinical clerkship requirements

Requirements:

  • English test required: No information available
  • Health insurance: personal health coverage + medical liability and/or malpractice insurance
  • Visa: No information available
  • Immunization: measles, rubella, influenza, and Hepatitis B
  • Official school transcript
  • CV
  • taken a TB skin test within the past year
  • been certified in CPR within the past year
  • proof of passing step1

Fees: No information available

Specialties accepted: most specialties accepted

For details:

https://gsm.utmck.edu/students/visiting.cfm

  • No available information regarding IMGs acceptance
  • Accept Only through VSLO (VSAS).

STEP1: YES

STEP2: NO

Conditions:

  • Being in the final year of medical school.
  • Being in good academic standing at medical school

Requirements:

  • English test required: No information available
  • Health insurance: personal health coverage + medical liability and/or malpractice insurance
  • Visa: No information available
  • Immunization: AAMC Standardized Immunization Form
  • Official school transcript
  • letter from your Registrar or Dean stating that you are in good standing
  • proof of passing step1
  • criminal background check within the past year.
  • drug screening test within the past six months.
  • copy of your CPR, BLS, or ACLS card.
  • Some courses require faculty permission

Fees: $75 placement fee (post-acceptance)

Specialties accepted: most specialties accepted

For details:

https://meded.med.uky.edu/visiting-student-program

  • Only accept IMGs from institutions with which the school has affiliation agreements. But currently doesn’t accept any IMG due to COVID-19

For details:

https://med.umn.edu/md-students/individualized-pathways/global-medical-education-and-research-program/international-students

STEP1: NO

STEP2: NO

Conditions:

  • Being in the final year of medical school.
  • Being in good academic standing at medical school
  • Completed satisfactorily the core clinical clerkship requirements
  • Currently accepting outside students: Yes
  • Accept IMGS: Yes

Requirements:

  • English test required: TOEFL examination
  • Health insurance: personal health coverage + medical liability and/or malpractice insurance
  • Visa: No information available
  • Immunization: UIC Immunization Form
  • Application Form
  • Copy of passport
  • Official school transcript
  • letter from your Registrar or Dean stating that you are in good standing dated with previous 4 months
  • HIPAA Certification
  • CPR Training
  • Copy of Covid-19 Vaccination card

Fees: $2,500 elective fee (post-acceptance)

Specialties accepted: most specialties accepted

For details:

https://medicine.uic.edu/education/international-education/students/international-visiting-students/

No available information if accepting IMGs

Accept Only through VSLO (VSAS).

Details are available Only on VSLO (VSAS).

For details:

https://www.bswhealth.med/education/Pages/ume/dallas.aspx

International medical students will not be able to apply for courses offered at Cedars-Sinai through VSLO or directly to Cedars-Sinai. They may only submit an application through our academic affiliation with the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. (UCLA only accept IMGs from schools with which they have established reciprocal exchange)

For details:

https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/education/medical-students/vslo.html

Accept Students from medical schools outside the U.S. who have demonstrated a tie to West Michigan

Visiting International Student Application form

For details:

https://www.spectrumhealth.org/medicaleducation/visiting-learner

No available information regarding IMGs acceptance

No available information on application requirements, Only an application form to submit.

For details:

https://www.atlantichealth.org/professionals-medical-education/medical-students.html

  • Only accept IMGs from schools with preexisting affiliation agreement.

For details:

https://medicine.uiowa.edu/md/international-student-visitors

STEP1: NO

STEP2: NO

Conditions:

  • Being in the final year of medical school.
  • Being in good academic standing at medical school
  • Currently accepting outside students: Yes
  • Accept IMGS: Yes

Requirements:

  • English test required: TOEFL examination (can be waived)
  • Health insurance: personal health coverage + medical liability and/or malpractice insurance
  • Visa: No available information
  • Immunization: Required
  • Official school transcript
  • letter from your Registrar or Dean stating that you are in good standing
  • complete the HIPAA and OSHA training modules as well as respiratory fit testing no later than the first week of the scheduled rotation.
  • provide a photograph and a copy of their passport showing photo, passport expiration date, and passport number.

Fees: No information available

Specialties accepted: most specialties accepted

For details:

https://medicine.hsc.wvu.edu/ms4catalog/block-dates/visiting-student-program/

  • Only accept IMGs from schools with preexisting affiliation agreement.

For details:

https://medicine.hofstra.edu/education/visiting/

Currently Not accepting IMGs due to COVID-19

Accept Only through VSLO (VSAS).

Details are available Only on VSLO (VSAS).

For details:

https://www.bumc.bu.edu/busm/education/registrars-office/elective-information-for-non-busm-students/

  • Information and application to their programs are accessible only via Clinician Nexus.

For details:

https://www.hennepinhealthcare.org/medical-education-training/medical-student-rotations/

  • Only accept IMGs from schools with preexisting affiliation agreement.

For details:

https://education.ochsner.org/clined/medical-student-electives

  • Only accept IMGs from schools with preexisting bilateral exchange agreement BUT currently Not accepting any IMG

For details:

https://records.med.brown.edu/visiting-student-program-overview

Only accept IMGs from CPME accredited schools.

Accept Only through VSLO (VSAS).

Details are available Only on VSLO (VSAS).

For details:

https://www.einstein.edu/education/medical-students/clerkships/apply

STEP1: NO

STEP2: NO

Conditions:

  • Being in the final year of medical school.
  • Completed satisfactorily the core clinical clerkship requirements
  • Applicants may not be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents.
  • Currently accepting outside students: Yes
  • Accept IMGS: Yes

Requirements:

  • English test required: TOEFL or IELTS examination
  • Health insurance: No information available
  • Visa: B-1 or F-1 Visa
  • Immunization:  Immunization Requirements
  • Application request
  • proof of health, medical evacuation and repatriation insurances.” a minimum coverage of 3 months.”

Fees: $50 Application submission + $250 Application fee + $1000 Administrative fee + $1500 Accommodation fee.

Specialties accepted: most specialties accepted

For details:

https://www.kumc.edu/academic-and-student-affairs/departments/office-of-international-programs/inbound-programs/information-for-students/clinical-electives-program/school-of-medicine-clinical-electives-program.html

  • Not accepting IMGs except if the student has an established relationship with one of the faculty members

For details:

https://medicine.arizona.edu/students/student-affairs/visiting-medical-students

STEP1: YES

STEP2: NO

Conditions:

  • Being in the final year of medical school.
  • Being in good academic standing at medical school
  • Completed satisfactorily the core clinical clerkship requirements
  • Accept Only through VSLO (VSAS).

 

Currently accepting outside students: Yes

Accept IMGS: Yes

Requirements:

  • English test required: TOEFL examination (can be waived)
  • Health insurance: personal health coverage + medical liability and/or malpractice insurance
  • Visa: No information available
  • Immunization: AAMC Standardized Immunization Form
  • personal statement
  • Official school transcript
  • CV
  • proof of passing step1
  • background check
  • copy of Passport (post-acceptance)
  • copy of VISA (post-acceptance)
  • BLS certification
  • Have been N-95 mask fitted within the last year
  • Have home institution complete the AAMC Uniform Clinical Training Affiliation Agreement & Implementation letter (post-acceptance)

Fees: $125 processing fee + $125 tuition fee + $22 Needlestick insurance fee (post-acceptance)

Specialties accepted: Only few specialties “must check the program description before applying”

For details:

https://hsc.unm.edu/medicine/education/md/student-affairs/visiting-students.html

No available information if accepting IMGs

Accept Only through VSLO (VSAS).

Details are available Only on VSLO (VSAS).

For details:

https://www.ttuhsc.edu/medicine/student-affairs/visiting-students.aspx

  • No available information regarding acceptance and requirements

Link:

https://www.abingtonhealth.org/academic-programs/medical-student-programs/

Accept IMGs from schools with preexisting affiliation agreement.

No available information if accepting IMGs from non-affiliated schools

Accept Only through VSLO (VSAS).

Details are available Only on VSLO (VSAS).

For details:

https://maimo.org/medical-education/internships-undergraduate-medical-education/

No available information if currently accepting IMGs (For international student inquiries Please contact Dr. Irma Frank, Senior Associate Dean for International Programs. Dr. Frank can be reached at franki@georgetown.edu.)

Accept Only through VSLO (VSAS).

For details:

https://som.georgetown.edu/medicaleducation/visiting-students-program/

Must be a native-born U.S. citizen, naturalized U.S. citizen or permanent resident, or have entered the United States on a B1 or F1 visa.

An approved affiliation agreement must be on file with Carilion Clinic.

Must have taken and passed the USMLE Step 1.

Must be fluent in written and spoken English.

For details:

https://www.carilionclinic.org/visiting-medical-students#clinical-rotations-for-medical-students

  • No available information regarding IMGs acceptance
  • Available information on only internal medicine elective

Requirements:

  • On-line application
  • Appropriate Use of Computer form
  • Immunization Record form
  • Proof of personal health insurance
  • Student in Good Standing form

For details:

https://geisingerstlukes.org/gme/residencies-and-fellowships/internal-medicine-residency-bethlehem/student-electives

  • Only accept IMGs from schools with preexisting affiliation agreement.

For details:

https://smhs.gwu.edu/imp/programs/international-scholars/international-clinical-electives

  • Currently Not accepting IMGs due to COVID-19

STEP1: YES

STEP2: NO

Conditions:

  • Being in the final year of medical school.
  • Completed satisfactorily the core clinical clerkships

Accept IMGS: Yes

Requirements:

Program Requirements

Fees: 2600$ (100$ application fee, 500$ when offered a spot, 2000$ elective fee)

Specialties accepted: most specialties accepted

For details:

https://www.nhrmc.org/gme/general-surgery/for-medical-students/visiting-student-rotations

Accept Only through VSLO (VSAS).

Details are available Only on VSLO (VSAS).

Link:

http://med.fau.edu/ume/visitingstudents.php

Each elective has specific requirements which are available through the institution catalog:

https://www.adventhealth.com/sites/default/files/assets/adventhealth-florida-clerkship-elective-catalog-21-22.pdf

Not all specialties available for IMGs “some are only for LCME accredited schools”

Link:

https://www.adventhealth.com/adventhealth-graduate-medical-education/sebring-medical-clerkship

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