How to Apply — Visiting Students

Key steps

  1. Apply to VSAS
  2. Complete your application at least 30 days prior to the elective start date
  3. Pay your $100 application fee after accepting the elective offer in VSAS

Due to limited available space in our elective courses, no off-block rotations are permitted, and visiting students may complete no more than one away rotation.

Washington University in St. Louis uses the AAMC’s Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS) to receive and process visiting student applications.

Students who have accepted an offer in VSAS must confirm participation in the elective by submitting the $100 application processing fee (non-refundable) via online credit card payment, check, or money order, payable to Washington University School of Medicine in addition to all post-acceptance requirements.

Applications must be completed no later than 30 days prior to the elective start date, and incomplete applications will not be processed. Prospective visiting medical students are advised not to contact WUSM departments or faculty members, as all visiting student enrollments are coordinated by the Electives Office unless otherwise noted. Due to a high volume of inquiries at this time, only email communication with the Electives Office is preferred.

Questions?

The Electives Office is happy to help.

Additional application requirements and opportunities

Dermatology

We welcome students from other institutions to participate in a dermatology elective as a visiting student at Washington University School of Medicine. Students will participate in weekly educational conferences, grand rounds, slide conference, dermatopathology lectures/unknowns, journal club, and attending lectures. Student-specific programming includes dermatology unknowns, resident, and attending lectures. The clinical experience is varied with clinicals at Barnes Jewish Hospital, Barnes West County, and the John Cochran VA.

Available Dates:
May 23, 2022 — June 19, 2022
July 5, 2022 – July 31, 2022
August 1, 2022 – August 28, 2022
August 29, 2022 – September 25, 2022
September 26, 2022 – October 23, 2022
October 24, 2022 – November 20, 2022

Washington University School of Medicine uses the AAMC’s Visiting Student Learning Opportunities (VSLO) program to receive and process applications. Every attempt will be made to accommodate visiting medical students while maintaining a robust clinical experience. Applications are due 30 days prior to the start of the elective. Questions regarding the dermatology elective may be directed to rbrannan@wustl.edu.

If you would like to self-identify as a student from a group that is underrepresented in medicine, please do so. Additionally, we encourage you to apply to the Office of Diversity Programs Visiting Elective Program (described below). You must apply for and be accepted to our virtual elective to also participate in the Office of Diversity Programs Visiting Elective Program.

The Division of Dermatology is committed to providing a diverse and inclusive learning environment and encourages applications from students who are underrepresented in medicine, including individuals whose personal characteristics such as race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender identity, sexual orientation, health condition, or disability place them at risk for conscious or unconscious bias or discrimination.

Office of Diversity Programs Visiting Elective Program

If you self-identify as a student from a group that is underrepresented in medicine we encourage you to apply to the Office of Diversity Programs Visiting Elective Program for further opportunities to network with current students and residents of color and with physician leaders in the Office of Diversity Programs.

You must apply and be accepted to our virtual elective to also participate in the Office of Diversity Programs Visiting Elective Program.

Neurosurgery

The Department of Neurosurgery pre-screens all applicants for its sub-internship.

Before applying to VSAS, students must submit the following documents to the education coordinator, Kayla Zoschg, at zoschgk@wustl.edu. Applicants must submit all materials at least 6 weeks before their desired start date and before they apply through VSAS.

USMLE transcript or Step 1 Score Report (Step 1 score is mandatory)

Current CV

Cover letter

Complete applications will be reviewed upon receipt and applicants will be notified of their acceptance to the Neurosurgery Sub-Internship. Accepted applicants should note that they will still need to apply to the medical school online through VSAS. Questions regarding the rotation may be directed to Kayla Zoschg at zoschgk@wustl.edu.

VSAS applications submitted for the Neurosurgery Sub-Internship without prior approval from the Department of Neurosurgery will be denied.

Orthopedic Surgery Externship

Please note that students interested in the orthopedic surgery externship must contact Alisa Cooperstein before submitting a VSAS application. Contact Ms. Cooperstein by email at acooperstein@wustl.edu, and visit the Department of Orthopedic Surgery website for more information about the Orthopedic Surgery Externship Program.

VSAS applications submitted for the Orthopedic Surgery Externship without prior approval from the department will be denied.

Plastic Surgery Externship

The Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery independently pre-screens all applicants for this externship.

Before applying to VSAS, students must submit the following documents to the program coordinator, Hayley Nichols hayleyn@wustl.edu:

  1. Brief statement (500-word limit) stating why you are applying for a visiting medical student rotation with our program, and whether or not you are interested in being considered for the Washington University Plastic Surgery Integrated Residency Program and/or the Diversity Sub-Internship Program.
  2. One letter of recommendation
  3. Curriculum vitae
  4. USMLE scores
  5. A jpg headshot photo of yourself
  6. A recent, unofficial medical school transcript

Once the materials have been received, they will be reviewed by the division and the applicants will be informed of their acceptance once a decision has been made. Once an applicant has been approved, he/she will need to apply online through VSAS where he/she will be scheduled accordingly. Questions regarding the Plastic Surgery Externship may be directed to Hayley Nichols hayleyn@wustl.edu or 314-747-0541.

VSAS applications submitted for the Plastic Surgery Externship without prior division approval will be denied.

Urology

The Division of Urology pre-screens applicants interested in a visiting medical student rotation.

Prior to submitting a VSAS application, students interested in a visiting medical student rotation in Urology must submit the following directly to the Urology Residency Program Coordinator Kellie Hunter at kelliehunter@wustl.edu:

  1. Current CV.
  2. Letter expressing your interest in our Urology Program and indicating any connections that you may have with our Division, Washington University, and/or the St. Louis region.
  3. Rotation dates that you would prefer, indicating preference order (i.e., 1st choice, 2nd choice, etc.). Rotation date options are:
    • July 5-31
    • August 1-28
    • August 29 – September 25
    • September 26 – October 23

Materials must be submitted by May 2, 2022. The Division of Urology will review application materials and inform applicants of their acceptance on May 9, 2022. Students must then reply to Kellie Hunter at kelliehunter@wustl.edu by May 13, 2022 to confirm acceptance and rotation dates. Students must also then apply online through VSAS in order to complete the registration process.

VSAS applications submitted for the Urology visiting subinternship without prior approval by the Division of Urology will be denied.

Please note that the Division of Urology promotes a diverse, equitable, and inclusive clinical learning environment and we would encourage applications from students who identify as underrepresented in medicine. We encourage URM students to apply for the Division of Urology Diversity Sub-Internship Program that includes a $2000 stipend to subsidize expenses associated with the visiting rotation (see more information here).

Office of Diversity Programs Visiting Elective Program

The goal of the Visiting Elective Program through the Office of Diversity Programs is to enhance the exposure of students considering careers in academic medicine to the Washington University Medical Center, while promoting cultural diversity on the medical school campus. Students who are members of groups underrepresented in medicine or who are socioeconomically disadvantaged are strongly encouraged to apply here.

Shadowing

WUSM does not have an existing shadowing or observership program for medical students or graduates. Observing may be possible in some areas, but the requirements are determined and coordinated by individual departments or divisions.