Undergraduate Medical Education

Visiting Senior Students

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.

Visiting Student Clinical Elective Scholarship Opportunities

UC San Diego welcomes students from all diverse backgrounds to apply for away clerkships. In doing so, the Department of Medicine may provide qualified students various visiting elective scholarships through the Visiting Elective Scholarship Program (VESP) to help ease the transition into an away rotation.


  • Eligible students are full-time, fourth-year medical students in good standing at accredited U.S. medical schools. Students remain registered at their own schools while participating in the four-week elective clerkship at UC San Diego.


  • Before applying to the VESP, each student must complete an application form VSAS.

For more information regarding deadlines, eligibility requirements, and specific stipend information, please visit the Department of Medicine VESP application page.


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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