Washington University only accepts applications submitted through AAMC’s Visiting Student Learning Opportunities (VSLO) platform. For-credit clinical electives are available, space-permitting, to full-time students in good academic standing in their final year of medical school.

Due to limited available space in our elective courses, no off-block rotations are permitted and each visiting student may complete no more than two rotations. Applications must be submitted at least 45 days prior to the elective start date. Prospective visiting medical students are advised not to contact departments or faculty members, as all visiting student enrollments are coordinated by the Electives Office unless otherwise noted.

Shadowing or observing

The Washington University School of Medicine does not have a centralized process in place for shadowing or observing by medical students or graduates. Observing may be possible in some areas, but the requirements are determined and coordinated by individual departments and divisions.

Diversity programs

Washington University offers several programs that provide funding and networking opportunities to visiting fourth year medical students from diverse backgrounds. Students who are members of groups underrepresented or inadequately supported in medical training or who are socioeconomically disadvantaged are strongly encouraged to apply. Program support includes a stipend to help offset the cost of travel, housing, fees, and other eligible expenses. Learn more about available programs.

Departmental pre-screening requirements

Certain departments and divisions independently pre-screen all applicants. Students must submit the specified materials to the department before applying to the elective through VSLO. Applications submitted through VSLO without prior departmental approval will be denied. More information about departmental pre-screening requirements will be posted in the VSLO Electives Catalog for 2023-2024.


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