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M4 Electives

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Visiting Students


VCU School of Medicine uses VSAS, the Visiting Student Application Service, to receive visiting student applications for the 2018-2019 academic year. Applications may be submitted through VSAS starting on May 1, 2018. To apply, please complete and submit a VSAS application for the preferred electives and dates.

VCU School of Medicine students have first priority for elective experiences; visiting medical students from other US accredited schools are then considered. Due to the recent increase in class size, the VCU School of Medicine is no longer able to accept applications from international medical students.

The elective information will be on-line in the VSAS System in March 2018. Due to the timing of preparing the schedules for VCU students, action will not be taken on applications from USA visiting medical students for the upcoming year until June 1, 2018.

In addition to completing the VSAS application, the School of Medicine requires the following information in order for your application to be complete:

  • Recent picture
  • Dean's Letter of good standing
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Proof of passing USMLE Step 1 or COMLEX Exam (no exceptions)
  • Proof of HIPAA training
  • Proof of health insurance (a copy of your health insurance card will suffice)
  • Proof of malpractice coverage
  • Two letters of recommendation from any faculty member in the M3 year
  • Current transcript
  • Completion of the VCU immunization form (VCU Health Sciences Certificate of Immunization)


For more information on visiting student electives, please contact Hayley Mathews at hayley.mathews@vcuhealth.org or 804-828-9784.

For more information on VSAS, please visit www.aamc.org/vsas


Electives are of one month duration, or multiples thereof. Generally speaking, visiting students should conform to this schedule. Exceptions may be considered. All electives must be taken at VCU Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia.


All visiting medical students must fill out the VCU Immunization Form (VCU Health Science Certificate of Immunization) and return it with your application and other materials to the Elective Coordinator. (Do not mail to Student Health Services.) Immunizations must be approved by Student Health Services prior to starting an elective.


VCU School of Medicine does not offer stipends. A non-refundable processing fee of $100.00 per elective will be required once you have been accepted. Students are responsible for the cost of meals and securing living accommodations. Students will need a car to reach most housing.


Professional liability coverage is required and must be verified by the student's home school or by the student for their school's coverage. VCU School of Medicine does not offer malpractice insurance to visiting medical students.


Health coverage is required and must be verified by the student's home school or by the student (copy of health card).


VCU School of Medicine requests that students arrange for their primary university to send an evaluation form to Hayley Mathews, Visitng Student Coordinator.


VCU Application on the VSAS System 

Unless special circumstances exist, all visiting students are limited to a maximum of two months. If your plans change and you no longer wish to complete an elective at VCU Health, please notify the Visiting Student Coordinator.