Visiting Student Program Overview
- Applications for visiting clinical electives are accepted beginning February 1 of each year; applications are processed beginning April 20 of each year after UCSF students have enrolled in their 4th-year clerkships. There is no advantage to applying early.
- Applicants must be in good academic standing and actively progressing toward a Doctor of Medicine degree at an affiliated LCME-accredited institution, or a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree at an affiliated COCA-accredited, AACOM member institution.
- The UCSF School of Medicine uses the AAMC Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS) to receive applications from US medical and osteopathic students.
- Applicants must sign and upload the Visiting Student Disclosure Consent form as a supplemental document in VSAS.
- Department Contact Information: If you have specific questions about clinical electives and/or requirements, please contact the Department directly which you can find at this link.
- UCSF does not accept international students for clinical experiences.
- The maximum amount of clinical elective time for visiting students is 3 months (12 weeks) at UCSF. Research electives may be longer.
- Once accepted, applicants must pay $300 processing fee, using instructions provided by the department contact.The $300 processing fee is required for each elective, even if in the same department. UCSF accepts credit card payments only. Once you are offered an elective, the department coordinator will contact you with payment instructions.
- Accepted visiting students, Residents or Fellows who require disability accommodations in order to meet academic standards should contact the UCSF Office of Student Disability Services a minimum of two weeks prior to the start of any rotation or as soon as the need for the accommodation is identified. Later requests may necessitate rescheduling of the rotation until accommodations can be arranged. AFFILIATE will inform Students/Residents who plan to rotate at UCSF of the need to request any needed accommodations as early as possible. The AFFILIATE agrees that all expenses related to the accommodation of Students/Residents with disabilities who rotate at UCSF under this agreement are the responsibility of the AFFILIATE.
- Once scheduled and confirmed, visiting students who wish to withdraw must do so at least 8 weeks before their start date. Fees are non-refundable. All cancellations and changes must be made in writing to the department. If a visiting student withdraws from an elective less than 8 weeks before the starting date or fails to notify the department at all, a letter will be written to the student's dean.
Visiting Elective Scholarship Program (VESP) Opportunities
UCSF welcomes students from all diverse backgrounds to apply for away clerkships. In doing so, we provide qualified students various visiting elective scholarships through our Visiting Elective Scholarship Program (VESP) to help ease the transition into an away rotation.
The VESP, supported by the UCSF School of Medicine, was established to encourage fourth year medical students who are underrepresented in medicine, are committed to working with underserved populations, or are interested in working with issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion to apply for a clinical elective at UCSF. The program provides financial assistance to awardees.
For more information regarding deadlines, eligibility requirements, and specific stipend information, please visit the general Visiting Elective Scholarship Program Web Page.
To apply, please fill out the VESP Online Application
If you are applying for a scholarship for electives in Emergency Medicine, General Surgery, or Radiology, please apply through the Department-Specific VESP Application links below:
US Medical and Osteopathic Students
- Only students enrolled at an affiliated LCME-accredited institution or COCA-accredited, AACOM member institutions may use VSAS to submit applications and supporting documentation.
- Note application requirements and department-specific additional requirements listed on the UCSF School of Medicine VSAS page
- Complete a VSAS application for your preferred electives and dates.
Canadian Medical Students
- UCSF accepts students from Canadian institutions with which we have a Training Affiliation Agreement (TAA). See below for more information on TAAs.
- Using the Application Form for Canadian Medical Students, apply directly through the UCSF department where you are interested in taking an elective.
International Medical Students
- UCSF DOES NOT accept international students for clinical experiences.
Training Affiliation Agreements
UCSF School of Medicine requires an approved Training Affiliation Agreement (TAA) with your home institution to allow for participation in the visiting medical student program. Where appropriate, UCSF School of Medicine uses the AAMC Uniform Clinical Training Affiliation Agreement.
Students who are in good academic standing and actively progressing toward a Doctor of Medicine degree at an affiliated LCME-accredited institution, or a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree at an affiliated COCA-accredited, AACOM member institution, are welcome to apply; all applications will be considered. For students from institutions without a TAA, we have a process for reviewing applications and will contact your school to request a TAA as needed. Please DO NOT contact UCSF regarding TAAs. The TAA must be approved before a student can be offered a rotation at UCSF. For a listing of institutions with affiliation agreements, see the most recent Training Affiliation Agreement Report.
Nondiscrimination / Equal Opportunity Compliance Statement
The University of California, San Francisco, in compliance with the Title IV of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, handicap, or age in any of its policies, procedures, or practices; nor does the university discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation. This nondiscrimination policy covers admission and access to, and treatment and employment in, university programs and activities, including but not limited to, academic admissions, financial aid, educational services, and student employment.
- For help using VSAS, refer to the Using VSAS webpage or contact VSAS at [email protected]
- For general information about applying for UCSF rotations through VSAS, see the UCSF School of Medicine VSAS page.
- For specific questions about your application, please contact the department to which you are applying.