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Visiting Student Programs

Four-week Rotations for Visiting Students in their Final Year of Medical Studies

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Thank you for your interest in participating in an elective rotation or sub-internship at Yale School of Medicine. We offer four-week rotations to visiting students in their final year of medical studies, who are in good standing in medical school at either a U.S. LCME accredited medical school or a participating COCA accredited AACOM member college listed in the AAMC Visiting Student Learning Opportunities™ (VSLO®) program. (Please note, we do not offer observerships to visiting students.)

We invite you to explore this website to learn about the curricular opportunities we offer, as well as the different eligibility requirements and application processes for students from U.S. medical schools and for international students. Please note, you must follow the application process described—and not, for example, reach out directly to faculty—to be considered.

Again, thank you for your interest in visiting Yale School of Medicine.

Elective Dates

Clinical Electives are offered for four (4) week periods only for visiting medical students. Below are the elective periods for the academic year.

Students may apply for a maximum of three (3) four (4) week electives through the AAMC Visiting Student Learning Opportunities (VSLO) website.

2022/2023 Academic Year
7/18/2022 - 8/12/2022
8/15/2022 - 9/9/2022
9/12/2022 - 10/7/2022
10/10/2022 - 11/4/2022
11/7/2022 - 12/2/2022
12/5/2022 - 12/30/2022
1/30/2023 - 2/24/2023
2/27/2023 - 3/24/2023
3/27/2023 - 4/21/2023
4/24/2023 - 5/19/2023
4/24/2023 - 5/19/2023
2021/2022 Academic Year
07/19/2021 - 08/13/2021
08/16/2021 - 09/10/2021
09/13/2021 - 10/08/2021
10/11/2021 - 11/05/2021
11/08/2021 - 12/03/2021
12/06/2021 - 12/31/2021
01/31/2022 - 02/25/2022
02/28/2022 - 03/25/2022
03/28/2022 - 04/22/2022
04/25/2022 - 05/20/2022
05/23/2022 - 06/17/2022

Elective policy for visiting medical students

The Elective Policy for Visiting Medical Students contains helpful details about topics such as available electives, eligibility, registration, required documents, orientation while at Yale, and evaluations.

COVID-19 policy

  1. All domestic and international visiting students need to provide evidence of being fully vaccinated, which includes having a booster shot if they are eligible. This link explains the University’s vaccine policy, including the narrow medical exemption.
  2. All domestic and international visiting students will need to provide evidence of a negative COVID test taken after arrival in New Haven and within 3 days of starting the rotation. Students will quarantine on arrival until the negative result is verified.
    1. You can go to the following sites for testing:
      1. Walgreens at 88 York Street – Walgreens COVID website
      2. Cornell Scott Hill Health at 226 Dixwell Avenue – Cornell Scott website
      3. Fair Haven at 374 Grand Avenue – Fair Haven website
    2. In addition, international students must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within one day prior to departing their home countries.

Housing Information

See this website for information on off-campus housing.

Contact Us/Questions

Below is contact information for different categories of questions.

Questions about the VSLO application process

All questions about the VSLO application process should be directed to

Students at U.S. Medical Schools with questions about elective options only

International students with questions about elective options only

Please email the Office of Global Health Education & Visiting Student Programs.

Your email will be responded to in a timely manner.

FAQs for international students

Yale School of Medicine’s Office of Global Health Education and Visiting Student Programs has compiled these FAQs, which answer many questions international students commonly ask about visiting elective opportunities.

Residents/Interns with questions about visiting clerkship opportunities

If you have questions about completing a residency or internship visiting experience at Yale, please explore the Graduate Medical Education website.