Undergraduate Medical Education

Visiting Senior Students

The 2018-2019 academic year elective catalog will be released on the Visiting Student Learning Opportunities (formerly VSAS) website on March 9. Applications are processed beginning April 1.

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.  We look forward to your presence at UCSD.

General Information

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

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

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

  • The Visiting Student Program does not offer observerships or research electives, nor are required/core clerkships offered to visiting students.

  • 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.

Application Process

  • Students who attend U.S. LCME-accredited medical schools and U.S. COCA-accredited osteopathic schools should visit the AAMC's Visiting Student Learning Opportunities (VSLO) for complete information about our program, including the application process, electives offered, and dates available.  Be sure to read the Institution Information page under the Institution tab for school-specific details and requirements. 
  • Students who attend LCME-accredited medical schools that do not use VSLO should contact our office at visitingstudents@ucsd.edu for a paper application but should still use the VSLO website for information on elective courses and dates.

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