Visiting Students

Penn State College of Medicine welcomes visiting MD and DO students for selected fourth-year elective programs.

We look for students with a strong undergraduate record in both the sciences and humanities but we consider more than just academics.

The admissions committee is particularly interested in applicants from diverse backgrounds who have clear potential for leadership and service in wide areas of patient care, research, medical education, administration, and service.

Most applications to the Visiting Student Program are submitted through the Visiting Student Application Services (VSAS), a service provided by the AAMC.

If your medical college does not participate in VSAS, all applications to the Visiting Student Program are made through individual departments.

A $75 non-refundable processing fee is required for each four-week elective, made payable to Penn State University. If you are applying to two different departments, you must submit a check with each individual application. Payment of the processing fee must accompany the Visiting Medical Student application to the department.

All applications are submitted through the Visiting Student Application Services (VSAS), a service provided by the AAMC.

April 1: Penn State College of Medicine’s Fourth-Year Elective Catalog is available in VSAS. Also, this is the earliest date visiting students can apply to the Penn State College of Medicine.

May 1: Earliest date notifications are sent to visiting students through VSAS. Once the placement of our students is complete, we begin to notify visiting students of application decisions on a block-by-block basis.

Fourth-year courses are offered by several participating departments in our College of Medicine; see details below to understand specific needs and application criteria.

Participating Departments

Eligibility

Elective rotations are available for medical students in good standing in their final year from schools accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) and the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) within the United States and Canada.

To be eligible, students:

  • Must have taken and passed core clinical rotations in Medicine, Pediatrics, Family and Community Medicine (or Primary Care Medicine), Psychiatry, Surgery, and Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Must have passed USMLE Step I Examination or COMLEX
  • Must meet Penn State College of Medicine technical standards
  • Must be US citizens or permanent residents

Penn State College of Medicine requires verification of a criminal background check on all visiting students. Proof of Criminal Background Check will include State Criminal History Record where student resides, Child Abuse History Clearance, and Federal Criminal History/Fingerprinting Clearance. Penn State College of Medicine reserves the right to not accept any Student for participation in an experience at Penn State College of Medicine who has a criminal record.

Application Requirements

A $75 non-refundable processing fee is required for each four-week elective, made payable to Penn State University. If you are applying to two different courses, you must submit a check for each individual elective if accepted.

In addition, you need:

  • Verification of personal health and general liability insurance. General liability limits must be at least $1 million per occurrence/$3 million aggregate.
  • A completed immunization form.
  • An official transcript including core clinical clerkship grades.
  • A copy of USMLE Step I Examination or COMLEX results.
  • Documentation of Universal Precautions training (verified by a statement from the parent medical school).
  • Verification of Criminal Background Check will include State Criminal History Record where student resides, Child Abuse History Clearance and Federal Criminal History/Fingerprinting Clearance.
  • Elective Application Form

Contact Us

For details on the visiting student program, email dgill@pennstatehealth.psu.edu.