How to Apply — Visiting Students

Key steps

  1. Apply to VSAS
  2. Submit a Drug Screen Verification Statement and BJC Confidentiality Agreement via postal mail to the Electives Office
  3. Complete your application at least 30 days prior to the elective start date
  4. Pay your $75 application fee after accepting the elective offer in VSAS

Visiting medical student applications for the 2017-2018 academic year will be accepted through April 6, 2017. Application instructions listed here apply to the current academic year only. 

Visiting medical student applications for the 2018-2019 academic year will be accepted beginning May 1, 2018. The 2018-2019 visiting student policy and application requirements will be available here in March 2018.  

Due to limited available space in our elective courses, no off-block rotations are permitted, and visiting students may complete no more than 12 weeks of elective rotations at WUSM.

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

In addition to the VSAS application, visiting students must complete two supplemental documents — the Drug Screen Verification Statement (pdf) and BJC Confidentiality Agreement (pdf) — and submit them via postal mail to:

Electives Office
Washington University School of Medicine
660 S. Euclid Ave.
Campus Box 8214
St. Louis, MO 63110

Applications will not be reviewed until these two documents have been received by WUSM’s Electives Office and VSAS applications have been submitted. The original Drug Screen Verification Statement and BJC Confidentiality Agreement must be received by mail; uploading these documents to VSAS will not satisfy the application requirement.

Students who have accepted an offer in VSAS must confirm participation in the elective by submitting the $75 application processing fee (non-refundable) by check or money order, payable to Washington University School of Medicine.

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.


The Electives Office is happy to help.

Additional application requirements

Orthopaedic Surgery Externship

Please note that students interested in the orthopaedic surgery externship must contact Heather Robinson before submitting a VSAS application. Contact Ms. Robinson by email at, and visit the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery website for more information about the Orthopaedic Surgery Externship Program.


Students applying for rotations in Dermatology are required to submit an additional application document: a letter of recommendation from the chair of the department of Dermatology at their home institution. The letter should indicate the student intends to pursue Dermatology residency and is a strong candidate. This document may be uploaded to VSAS as a supplemental document. Only students who intend to pursue Dermatology residency will be accepted.

Office of Diversity Programs Visiting Elective Program

Students interested in participating in the Visiting Elective Program through WUSM’s Office of Diversity Programs (ODP) are encouraged to visit the office’s website to learn more about the program’s visiting student offerings and application process. Students must apply to the ODP Visiting Elective Program at least four to six weeks prior to the desired elective start date, and must also complete WUSM’s standard visiting student application requirements.


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.