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Guidelines for Elective Applications

Visiting Students from Foreign Medical Schools: It is the policy of the University of Maryland School of Medicine to accept only fourth-year students for clinical experiences who are enrolled in accredited allopathic medical schools that are approved by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).

      • Visiting students interested in pursuing electives at the University of Maryland School of Medicine must apply through the Office of Student Affairs (OSA). All students must be in good academic standing at an LCME accredited allopathic medical school and must be fourth-year medical students before starting their electives.
      • All students are required to apply through VSAS.
      • All students (including Canadian applicants) are required to pass USMLE Step 1. 
      • The OSA coordinator will ensure that applicants are in good academic standing, that they have both health and liability/malpractice insurance ($1,000,000/$3,000,000 minimum), have met immunization requirements, and that they have been trained in OSHA Universal Precautions. The coordinator will ensure each applicant has met all requirements prior to clearing their application for the department(s) coordinator to review and offer/deny each application.
      • To participate in an elective, a visiting student may be required to submit one or more required supporting documents as shown below:
Departmental Program  CV 
 
Transcript  Wallet-Size Photo  Evaluation Form 
Anesthesiology X
 
X    
Diagnostic Radiology  
 
  X

X

Emergency Medicine X
 
X    
Family & Community Medicine  
 
  X  
Neurosurgery X
 
X X  
Ophthalmology X
 
X X  
Orthopaedic Surgery X
 
X X  
Otorhinolaryngology
 - Head & Neck Surgery
 
 
 X X  
Radiation Oncology X
 
   
Surgery  
   - General/Specialty  
 
  X  
   - Plastic Surgery X
 
X X  
   - Shock Trauma X
 
X X  
   - Trauma/ICU X
 
X X  
   - Trauma Plastic X
 
X X  
      • Each elective requires an application. Applications and all supporting documents must be uploaded and submitted at least 60 days prior to the start of each requested elective. Should a current visiting student want to apply for another elective they must submit another application for the new elective.
      • All documentation must be submitted through VSAS at least 14 days prior to the start of the requested elective.
      • Each elective is for the duration of 4 weeks. Anything less must be approved by both home school and host school elective department coordinator.
      • Should a student need to drop or withdraw their application, they may do so within their VSAS application no less than 2 weeks prior to the start date of each rotation. If less than 2 weeks prior to start date, the student must email both department coordinator and the OSA coordinator to notify of a drop/withdraw.
      • Evaluations are submitted to student’s home school by the host school elective department coordinator.