The University of Virginia School of Medicine welcomes visiting 4th year medical students to rotate with us through our Visiting Student Electives Program. Our program provides medical students the opportunity to experience what it is like to live and work in Charlottesville, while witnessing first-hand our school’s inclusive culture and welcoming environment. There is no tuition charge, and visiting students are allowed to participate in up to 4 weeks of electives.
We only accept visiting students from LCME Accredited Medical Schools.
The malpractice insurance of the University of Virginia School of Medicine does not cover visiting students. VSAS requires an official signature “verification” to malpractice coverage by the student’s home school, or a certificate of insurance.
Medical care expenses incurred by the visiting student while at this institution will be the student’s responsibility.
The UVA GME Community is offering an embedded leadership experience for visiting 4th year students as well as any current 4th year UVA students. Our goal is to specifically increase the recruitment of URiM students and others with a strong interest in diversity to our GME training programs. In addition to participating in the clinical specialty elective of your choice, selected students will function as a cohort as you gain leadership skills, learn about the business of medicine, receive coaching to create successful applications and build interview skills as you pursue entry into residency programs. Participants will also benefit from networking with leaders and experts from both the Health System and other highly regarded Schools at UVA. Accepted visiting students may also apply for a limited number of $1,500 scholarships to help offset the cost of travel and housing.
Any final year visiting or UVA medical student who is part of a URiM group or who has a strong interest in diversity, equity, and inclusion may apply. A maximum of 24 students will be chosen for the program per block. Students who complete the full program (all 4 Fridays) will be granted an interview should they apply to a UVA program.
Strong preference is given to those who self-identify as a member of a racial or ethnic group historically underrepresented in medicine.
The University of Virginia School of Medicine requires completion of the AAMC Standardized Immunization Form for all visiting student applicants. Additionally UVA School of Medicine requires completed documentation proving COVID-19 vaccination series, which may be included in the ‘Additional information’ box on page 2 of the AAMC form, or included in the form’s file.
Do not send personal health records. All records must be included on the AAMC form with the last page signed by a healthcare professional or institutional designee to verify their accuracy.
Measles, Mumps, Rubella
2 doses of the combined MMR vaccine
OR 2 Measles, 2 Mumps, 1 Rubella vaccinations
OR positive titers demonstrating immunity to Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (attach lab report)
2 doses of Varicella vaccine.
OR a positive titer demonstrating immunity
NOT ACCEPTED: documented history of having had chickenpox is not enough – a titer is required in that case.
3 doses of Hep B vaccine AND a quantitative surface antibody titer demonstrating adequate immunity.
IF THE TITER IS NEGATIVE: Applicants must receive additional vaccinations to provide a positive titer. This second vaccination series can take several months to complete, so know your status and plan ahead.
The Tdap — vaccination on record must be within the past 10 years.
PPD (or Quantiferon TB Gold test) — results from within one year of the date of the elective.
IF YOU HAVE A HISTORY OF TB, OR OF POSITIVE PPD RESULTS, you must submit documentation of a clear chest x-ray (analytical result, not the actual film) from within the past 6-months.
Students rotating during flu season must submit current flu shot documentation with their AAMC form, or within 2 weeks of the start date of their elective.
Compliance is mandatory, except in the case of pre-approved medical or religious exemption. If you need to request an exemption, please contact Jill Clarke (firstname.lastname@example.org) as early as possible after you are officially accepted.
Students are required to provide documentation of completion of a COVID-19 vaccine series, as well as a COVID-19 booster. Students will upload under the COVID Vaccination & Booster requirement in VSLO.
Visiting students are allowed to participate in up to 4 weeks of electives. There is no tuition charge.
Should be provided to the elective supervisor by the visiting student.
Visiting students must make their own arrangements for room and board. When your acceptance is finalized, Student Affairs will send you a list of short-term housing that you can use to find yourself accommodations while here at UVA for your visiting student elective.
Medical care expenses incurred by the visiting student while at this institution, will be the student’s responsibility. Students who have blood or body fluid exposures should receive evaluation and care in the Emergency Department with long term follow-up at their home institution. The student is responsible for all expenses incurred in the Emergency Department.
HIPAA, OSHA & Hospital Requirements
When Student Affairs notifies you and your acceptance is finalized, we will register you for the required training modules modules. All visiting students must follow the directions in their acceptance email to complete which will have instructions on how to log-in and complete assigned training modules prior to your rotation start date.
For any questions about the Visiting Student Elective Program, please contact: