Visiting Senior Students

​UC San Diego School of Medicine welcomes eligible senior visiting students in our senior electives as space permits. We work closely with visiting students to optimize educational opportunities for students in the final stages of their medical school training.

The catalog and application cycle for 2019 - 2020 is on VSAS. The catalog and application for 2020-2021 will be available on VSAS in March 2020.

We review applications about 2-3 months out from the rotation start date.

General Information

  • Our program currently accepts applications from students from North American (US, Canada, Puerto Rico) LCME-accredited medical schools and COCA-accredited osteopathic schools.
  • UC San Diego does not accept students who attend international or off-shore medical schools for this program.
  • Our program only accepts senior medical students (i.e. fourth-year medical students).
  • Do not contact faculty or administrative staff directly to attempt to arrange clinical experiences.
  • We do not offer observerships, shadowing opportunities, research electives, or pre-clinical experiences.

Application Process

Visit the AAMC's Visiting Student Learning Opportunities (VSLO) for complete information about our program, including the application process, electives offered, and dates available.

Required Documents

  • CV
  • Copy of core clerkship evaluation closest to the requested elective
  • Proof of personal health insurance
  • AAMC standardized immunization form
  • USMLE Step 1 Score - COMLEX scores are NOT accepted in lieu of Step 1
  • Transcript (Uploaded by home medical school)
  • Background check (Uploaded by home medical school): A background check must be completed shortly before the third year of medical school. If your school is unable to do so, you must provide a background check.
  • [Urology applicants] Letter of recommendation from a Urologist
  • [ORTHO applicants] Completion of supplemental questionnaire

Eligible students who attend North American (US, Canada, Puerto Rico) LCME-accredited medical schools and COCA-accredited osteopathic medical schools that do not use VSLO should may complete a paper application (found here) beginning on March 8. Students may use the VSLO website for information on elective courses and dates.

Visiting Elective Scholarship program (Dept of Medicine applicants)

UC San Diego welcomes students from all diverse backgrounds to apply for away clerkships. In doing so, the Department of Medicine may provide qualified students various visiting elective scholarships through the Visiting Elective Scholarship Program (VESP) to help ease the transition into an away rotation.


Eligible students are full-time, fourth-year medical students in good standing at accredited U.S. medical schools. Students remain registered at their own schools while participating in the four-week elective clerkship at UC San Diego.


Before applying to the VESP, each student must complete an application form VSAS.

For more information regarding deadlines, eligibility requirements, and specific stipend information, please visit the Department of Medicine VESP application page.

Admission into the Visiting Student Program does not constitute admission or matriculation into UCSD School of Medicine. Any expenses required for disability accommodation of a visiting student must be borne by the student's home institution. Please refer to UCSD's technical standards.