COVID-19 UPDATE: May 22, 2020

The University of Utah School of Medicine (UUSOM) will follow the Coalition for Physician Accountability's recommendations by limiting visiting rotations to medical students who have a specialty interest and do not have access to a clinical experience with a residency program in that specialty in their school's system, or medical students for whom rotation is required for graduation or accreditation requirements. 

The UUSOM will open applications for visiting students in VSAS when our students are scheduled for the 2020-2021 Academic Year. We anticipate opening applications in VSAS on July 13, 2020, for rotations beginning September 7 if prevailing conditions allow. 

Visiting Student Senior Electives

The University of Utah School of Medicine offers senior electives to students, space permitting, that are in good academic standing. Each approved student must be taking the requested elective for credit, have adequate professional liability insurance coverage, health insurance coverage, all required immunizations, current BLS certification and satisfactorily passed a background check.

A listing of the UUSOM's electives can be found via the VSAS' Elective Search and filtering for the UUSOM and specialty.

Students from LCME or AOA Medical Schools

Students receiving an MD degree must come from a school accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).

Students receiving a DO degree must come from a school accredited by the American Osteopathic Association's Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA). DO students are not accepted into all rotations. It is the responsibility of the DO student to ensure that the rotation they request will accept DO students.

Students from Foreign/Non-Affiliated Medical Schools

The University of Utah School of Medicine does not accept students who are attending a medical school outside of the United States that do not have a current affiliation agreement. For more information, see Global Health Education program.

Required Clerkships

Students must satisfactorily complete ALL required third-year clerkship rotations (General Internal Medicine, Surgery, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Family Medicine, and OB/Gyn Core Clerkships) prior to attending a fourth-year elective. Third-year core clinical rotations are not available to visiting students.

Important Details

Application must be submitted via VSAS.

A limited number of electives may be requested on one application. If a student requests a rotation change after they have been assigned a rotation, the student must cancel their original application and submit a new application. Due to limited space and availability of rotations, a change of rotation may not always be possible.

All applications must be received at least 45 days prior to the start of the requested rotation. No application will be considered if received less than four (4) weeks prior to the requested start date.

Applications will be processed as quickly as possible. However, if you do need to consult with us regarding your application, please email us at visitingstudents@hsc.utah.edu.

Processing Fee

A non-refundable processing fee will be charged after the student accepts an offer to rotate. The non-refundable processing fee must be received, through our secure e-commerce site, within five (5) business days of accepting the offer to rotate.

Students who do not submit the required non-refundable processing fee within five (5) business days will have their registration revoked.


At the end of the elective period, it will be the visiting student's responsibility to obtain his/her evaluation of performance/grade from the department faculty. If your medical school requires the evaluation to be on your school's evaluation form, be sure the evaluation form is sent with your application. If an evaluation from your school is not sent with the application, your evaluation will be completed on the University of Utah School of Medicine Evaluation form.

Questions, Concerns and Comments

Please submit your questions, comments and concerns to visitingstudents@hsc.utah.edu.

All information contained in this document is subject to change without notice.


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Need help? Contact UUSOM Registrar's Office at visitingstudents@hsc.utah.edu