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

Consistent with Coalition of Physician Accountability (CoPA) recommendations regarding hosting visiting medical students in AY 2021-22. Visiting students are limited to ONE away rotation for the academic year. WUSM will be opening applications via the AAMC’s Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS) site for the 2021-22 academic year on Monday, May 10th to medical students. If you have questions or concerns, please email wusmelectives@wustl.edu.

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. 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

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, Pamela Wolf, at pamela.wolf@wustl.edu:

  1. USMLE transcript or Step 1 Score Report (Step 1 score is mandatory)
  2. Current CV
  3. Brief letter 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

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 Ms. Wolf at pamela.wolf@wustl.edu or 314-747-0541.

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

Dermatology

We welcome students from other institutions to participate in a dermatology elective as a visiting student at Washington University School of Medicine. Please note that for the upcoming academic year, we are following AAMC guidelines and will sponsor non-credit bearing “virtual experiences” only for medical students from other institutions to learn more about our residency program.

Students will participate in weekly educational conferences, which are offered remotely through Zoom—Grand Rounds, slide conference, dermatopathology lectures/unknowns, journal club, and attending lectures. Additionally, there will be the opportunity to attend virtual multidisciplinary melanoma conference, which is held twice monthly. Student-specific programming includes weekly dermatology unknowns as well as panel discussions with faculty and residents that would explore sub-specialties, specialty clinics, clinical sites/settings, and resident life at Washington University and in St. Louis. Each student will also have an opportunity to meet virtually with program leaders and faculty.

The “virtual experiences” will be non-credit bearing and will occur in 2 week blocks (weeks offered below), with a time commitment of approximately 6–8 hours each week.

  • Block 1: August 17–August 28
  • Block 2: August 31–September 11
  • Block 3: September 14–September 25
  • Block 4: September 28–October 9
  • Block 5: October 12–October 23

To apply, please submit the following by email to Ms. Rosie Brannan at rbrannan@wustl.edu by July 24, 2020. You will be notified by August 15 at the latest about your application and scheduled block.

  • Curriculum vitae
    Brief statement that details your interest in our residency program (250 words maximum)
  • Please also include in your email:
    • List of blocks you are available to participate in order of preference
    • Whether you are at an institution without a home dermatology program

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) for further opportunities to network with current students and residents of color, and to meet Dr. Will Ross, Associate Dean for Diversity and Ms. Lisa Stevenson, Assistant Dean for Student Diversity and Engagement. 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 to meet Dr. Will Ross, Associate Dean for Diversity and Ms. Lisa Stevenson, Assistant Dean for Student Diversity and Engagement.

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

Department of Surgery Diversity Sub-Internship Program

The Department of Surgery at Washington University in St. Louis welcomes applications to its Diversity Sub-internship Program intended to support minority student experiences in academic surgery. The Program will provide accepted sub-intern students with a four-week rotation at Washington University between August and October in specialties or subspecialties of General Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Vascular Surgery, and Urologic Surgery.

Program Description

This program aligns with Washington University’s academic goal of fostering a diverse academic community to prepare tomorrow’s leaders locally and globally. This program represents a continuum of the academic pipeline efforts to support and prepare students from a variety of backgrounds.

Program support for participants includes a $2,000 stipend to help offset the cost of travel, housing, fees, and incidental expenses.

Who Should Apply

The Program is open to minority applicants who belong to groups that have been traditionally disadvantaged, underrepresented, or inadequately supported in medical training. We seek applications from racial minorities from historically underrepresented in the health profession including African American, American Indian, Alaska Native, Hispanic American and Pacific Islander. We also seek applications from sexual and gender minorities such as those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender/gender nonconforming, queer/questioning, or intersex. Finally, we seek applications from students whose pathway to medical training includes substantial personal or financial adversity. The criteria under which the application is submitted need not be explicitly stated nor do these represent mutually exclusive categories. The application deadline is June 1, 2021. More details can be found here.

Application Requirements

A brief statement of interest (250-word limit), one letter of recommendation, curriculum vitae, USMLE scores, a photo, and a recent unofficial medical school transcript should be submitted by May 15, 2019 via email at asksurgery@wustl.edu.

Department of Neurosurgery Diversity Sub-Internship Program

The Department of Neurosurgery at Washington University in St. Louis welcomes applications to its Diversity Sub-internship Program to support students historically underrepresented in academic neurosurgery. Accepted students will complete a four-week sub-internship at Washington University between July and October. Please click here for more information.

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.

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.

Diversity & Inclusion Clerkship Opportunity for Underrepresented Medical Students (D.I.C.O.M.S.)

The Department of Radiation Oncology is pleased to welcome applications for our D.I.C.O.M.S. program, which is designed to give fourth-year medical students from diverse backgrounds the experience of rotating as a sub-intern in our department for a 4-week block from August through October, following WUSM’s elective calendar schedule.

The program is open to minority applicants who belong to diverse groups that have been traditionally disadvantaged, underrepresented, or inadequately supported in medical training. We seek applications from minorities which have been historically underrepresented in the field of Radiation Oncology including African American, American Indian, Alaska Native, Hispanic American and Pacific Islander. We also seek applications from sexual and gender minorities such as those who identify as LGBTQI+. Finally, we seek applications from students whose pathway to medical training includes substantial personal or financial adversity.

Department support for participants includes a $2000.00 stipend to help offset the cost of travel, housing, fees, VSAS application fee, and incidental expenses.

The application deadline is June 1, 2021. For more details, visit the Department of Radiation Oncology’s website. Please note you must scroll down the page to find information on the D.I.C.O.M.S. program.