Saint Louis University

Welcome to Saint Louis University
School of Medicine
Visiting Medical Student Elective Program

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must be in their final year of medical school at a U.S. or Canadian medical school that is accredited by the Liason Committee on Medical Education (LCME) or Osteopathic medical school (AOA accredited). Students must have successfully completed all preclinical training, basic core clerkships (Internal Medicine, Neurology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Surgery), and all portions of the clinical training prerequisites required for the elective for which the application is being processed. Acceptance will be contingent upon the applicant having achieved adequate grades in basic science and core clinical courses equivalent to Saint Louis University courses. Adequacy and equivalency shall be determined by Saint Louis University School of Medicine. Visiting students are eligible for clinical Year 4 electives only.

Applications that are incomplete or have not met the eligibility requirements will not be processed.

USMLE Step 1 Score Report

All applicants are required to upload a copy of the USMLE Step 1 Score Report to VSAS.

Drug Screen

Please upload into VSAS verification of a nine panel drug urinalysis to the supplemental documents sections.

Criminal Background Checks

If your school cannot verify completionm of a criminal background check, then a new background check will be required.

Personal Health Insurance

Evidence of health insurance (both hospitalization and major medical coverage) during the proposed elective period is a mandatory portion of the application documentation. This coverage is not offered or provided through Saint Louis University. If you do not have health insurance, you must purchase it, and provide proof of coverage, prior to the approval of your application.

Professional Liability Coverage

Evidence of professional liability insurance ($3,000,000) must be provided by the student's home institution or purchased directly by the student. This coverage is not offered or provided through Saint Louis University. If your home institution is not providing professional liability insurance, you must purchase it, and provide proof of coverage, prior to the approval of your application.

Verification of Good Academic Standing

The student must have verification that they are in good academic standing at their school and are authorized to take the chosen elective for the time period designated on the application form.

Duration of Electives

Visiting Medical Students may apply for electives in three week blocks as listed in the Phase 3 (Year 4) Instructional Periods, but the total time may not exceed twelve weeks. Electives must be scheduled in three week blocks (e.g. three-weeks, six-weeks, nine- weeks, etc.) Exceptions are not permitted.

Application Fees

At the present time, no application fees are required.

Saint Louis University School of Medicine will be using VSAS, the Visiting Student Application Service, to receive visiting student applications. Applications may be submitted through VSAS starting on May 1st, with approvals issued in June. To apply to our institution, please complete and send us a VSAS application for your preferred electives and dates. For more information on VSAS, please visit or contact VSAS at or (202) 478-9878.

Notice: Processing of requests from visiting students will begin after June 1 prior to the start of the next academic year. Applications should not be submitted until May 1 for the next academic year which runs from July to June.

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