Visiting Student Elective Program

Update 11/9/2021:

International medical students: Boston University School of Medicine will not open rotations for international medical students for the 2021-2022 academic year.  Information regarding rotations for 2022-2023 academic year will be available April 1, 2022.  For more information contact: Ana Gregory

ANNOUNCEMENT: The elective application process for visiting students enrolled in U.S. medical schools will open in VSLO on June 3, 2021.  Students may be accepted for a maximum of 4 weeks elective time at Boston University School of Medicine.

Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) has an established program for medical students interested in applying for electives.  Students who wish to participate must be in good academic standing and in their final year at a Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) accredited medical school or an osteopathic college of medicine accredited by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA).  Visiting applicants should refer to the Visiting Student Learning Opportunities (VSLO) website

All interested applicants must apply using VSLO.  The application process will open on June 3, 2021 and the first block open to applications from visiting students begins on August 2, 2021.

Please note:  Commercial General Public Liability insurance is required at a minimum  coverage amount of 1 million per occurrence/3 million aggregate this is in addition to Professional Liability insurance at a minimum coverage amount of 1 million per occurence/3 million aggregate.

Students will be required to upload COVID-19 vaccination documentation as part of the application process.

The fee for an accepted applicant is $125.00 that is nonrefundable.  Cancellation of an elective less than one month from the start date must be done through the Registrar’s Office.  All electives are (4) weeks in length and are available for application to qualified students, space permitting.  Boston University students are given priority for all elective opportunities.  Visiting students are limited to (1) four week rotation.  While participating in an elective at BUSM the student remains enrolled at their home institution.  Once scheduled for a rotation the assignment is final.


BUSM does not provide housing or parking privileges to visiting students.

Policies, Procedures and Additional Information:

Visiting students should follow the same procedures, rules and regulations as BUSM students.  Violation of any school policy will result in immediate withdrawal from the elective.  You can access these policies at:

In the case of an emergency the visiting students should contact the Office of Student Affairs Dean on Duty.  During business hours you can call the OSA at 617-358-7466.  After hours and on weekends, students should page the Dean on Duty by calling (617) 638-5795 and sending a page to #4196 or sending a text page to pager #4196 through the pager directory.

Needle Stick Exposure Procedure:

Appropriate Treatment in Medicine (ATM) Initiative:

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