Undergraduate Medical Education

Visiting Senior Students

The 2018-2019 elective catalog and application cycle will open on the VSLO/VSAS site beginning on March 9. There is no advantage to applying early.

UC San Diego School of Medicine welcomes eligible senior visiting students' participation in our senior electives as space permits.  We work closely with visiting students to optimize educational opportunities for students in the final stages of their medical school training.  This site is designed to provide you with in-depth information regarding eligibility requirements and clinical opportunities. 

General Information

  • Our program currently accepts applications from students from North American (US, Canada, Puerto Rico) LCME-accredited medical schools and COCA-accredited osteopathic schools.

  • UCSD does not accept students who attend international or off-shore medical schools for this program.

  • Do not contact faculty or administrative staff directly to attempt to arrange clinical experiences. Clinical elective experiences for senior medical students must be coordinated through the Visiting Student Program.

  • We do not offer observerships, shadowing opportunities, research electives, or pre-clniical experiences.

Application Process

  • Visit the AAMC's Visiting Student Learning Opportunities (VSLO) for complete information about our program, including the application process, electives offered, and dates available.  
  • Required Documents
    • Copy of Core Clerkship Evaluation closest to the requested elective
    • Proof of Personal Health Insurance (front and back copy of health insurance card )
    • AAMC Standardized Immunization Form
    • USMLE Step 1 Score - COMLEX scores are NOT accepted in lieu of Step 1
    • CV
    • Transcript uploaded by your medical school
    • For those applying to Urology - Letter of recommendation from a Urologist 
    • Background check -Your school must verify that you have completed a background check at the time of or after matriculation into medical school. If your school is unable to do so, you must provide a background check.
  • Eligibile students who attend schools that do not use VSLO should contact our office at visitingstudents@ucsd.edu for a paper application beginning on March 9. Students may use the VSLO website for information on elective courses and dates.

Admission into the Visiting Student Program does not constitute admission or matriculation into UCSD School of Medicine. Any expenses required for disability accommodation of a visiting student must be borne by the student's home institution. Please refer to UCSD's technical standards.

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