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Undergraduate Medical Education

Preparing for Your Elective Rotation

at UC San Diego School of Medicine

This webpage is intended to provide visiting medical students with the necessary information to prepare for your upcoming elective rotation(s). Approximately two weeks prior to your start date, our office will send an "orientation" email with additional information and instructions, including specific details regarding where and when to report on your first day, course director/administrator contacts, etc.

Please be aware that some electives require travel between multiple sites. Below are links to map resources for the main campus and most medical facilities. 

Parking & Bus Transportation
Please visit UC San Diego’s Transportation Services website for complete information about parking options and policies at UCSD locations.

If you will have a vehicle, it is very important that you park as permitted (the purchase of permits may be necessary).

  • UCSD sites: Use the Transportation Services link above.
  • Rady Children’s Hospital:  To gain access to parking at Children’s you will need to obtain a proximity card from your assigned rotation.  On the first day, please park in visitor parking until obtaining the needed proximity card.

If you will not have a vehicle and/or plan to use the campus shuttle system or public transportation, please use the Transportation Services link above and read the information on “Shuttles” and “Alternatives/Public Transit” for available options. There is a free campus shuttle that runs between the UCSD Medical Centers in La Jolla (Jacobs Medical Center, Thornton Hospital and surrounding clinics) and Hillcrest.

Housing Resources

  • Rotating Room
  • The Visiting Student Program maintains a list of rooms for rent from individuals in the community (available upon request)

Computer Access/Training & ID Badges
Specific instructions for computer training/access and ID badges will be sent to you via email approximately two to four weeks prior to your start date.

  • Rady Children’s Hospital: If you are assigned to electives at Rady Children's Hospital, bring your student ID from your home school. You will also be provided with a Rady ID badge.

Student Evaluation of Course and Personnel: We ask that all visiting students complete evaluations of their assigned elective and its personnel.  This is done via OASIS, the school’s scheduling and evaluation system. Your username for the system is the handle for your email (ie., before the  Your password will be provided at a later date.

Elective Fee
Once accepted, students must pay a non-refundable processing fee for each elective:

  • $300.00 per elective for students from US medical schools.

We accept cash (in-person only), traveler’s checks, and checks with a U.S. address. We are unable to accept credit cards. Checks should be made payable to “UC Regents”.  Checks sent by mail should be addressed to:

Visiting Student Program
UCSD School of Medicine
Room 120 Medical Education & Telemed Bldg
9500 Gilman Drive #0606
La Jolla, CA 92093-0606

Dress Code/White Coats/Scrubs
Dress code: Medical students should dress professionally (no t-shirts or jeans).

White coats: UCSD medical students wear waist-length, long-sleeved white coats. You may bring your own, and they are also available for purchase at:

  • UCSD Bookstore (on main UCSD campus)
  • Local medical supply companies, such as ACE Uniforms in downtown San Diego

Scrubs: For rotations requiring scrubs, students will be set up for access to the scrub service (information about access is disseminated by each respective elective).

Needlestick Information
In the event of a needlestick, please follow the posted instructions. NEEDLESTICK INSTRUCTIONS

If you can no longer keep your elective assignment, please contact the Visiting Student Program office AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.  If you drop at the last minute, you may have prevented another interested student from taking the elective.

Access to Campus Facilities (library, recreation center, etc.)/Email
Because you remain enrolled in your home schools and are not paying UCSD tuition fees, we are not able to extend UCSD student privileges to visiting students, nor do we issue UCSD email addresses.

Library Services to Community: (for general public use policies)

Campus Recreation Facilities: (for general public use policies)

Visiting Student Program Office Location and Hours
Office location: School of Medicine campus on the south end of the UCSD main campus in La Jolla. (see map, Bldg #845, 1st Floor, Suite 120.01A)

Office hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00am-4:00pm

Please feel free to contact the Visiting Student Program office with any questions. We look forward to your arrival! 

Visiting Student Program
University of California, San Diego School of Medicine


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