Document List for Submission

The following is a list of required documents for submission for international medical students accepted to International Student Elective Program (ISEP) at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM). Students are instructed to gather the documents listed below and submit them at one time at Documents Submission Center. All documents must be submitted no later than four weeks before the start date of the student’s first elective.

1. Letter of Good Standing

Provide a letter of good standing from your home institution’s registrar or equivalent official indicating:

  • You are in academic good standing (i.e., you are not failing any courses);
  • You are in your final year of medical school;
  • You have successfully undertaken the following rotations (or equivalent of): Medicine, Surgery, Ob/Gyn, Pediatrics, Family Medicine, and Psychiatry; and
  • Your expected date of graduation.

2. Medical School Transcript

Provide a medical school transcript from your home institution.

3. Professional Liability Insurance

Your home institution must provide a certificate of malpractice/liability insurance coverage. Minimum coverage must be $1 million dollars per occurrence/$3 million aggregate. Your name must be indicated on the certificate for it to be valid. If your institution does not provide this level of coverage, you must purchase insurance directly through the Academic Medical Professional Insurance Exchange RRG.

[ Students in the Hadassah exchange program do not have to complete this requirement. ]

4. Criminal Background Check

Your home institution must provide a signed and dated statement stating that it has in its records a police clearance certificate from your home country (or other evidence of completion of a criminal background check in your home country) and is not aware of any information regarding your criminal background that would render you unsuitable for placement in a hospital rotation. The date of the police clearance certificate or background check must be within 1 year from the start date of the rotation.

5. Immunization Form

Provide a completed immunization form filled out by a physician.

6. Medical Insurance

Each ISEP student is required to retain health insurance coverage while undertaking his/her elective and provide proof of coverage. The student must provide evidence of health insurance that covers him/her in the United States for – at minimum – emergency inpatient treatment. An emergency means the onset of an acute illness, which is sudden, unforeseen and requires immediate action (and which prevents the student from returning home to receive treatment).

[ Students in the Hadassah exchange program do not have to complete this requirement. ]

7. BLS (Basic Life Support) or ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support)

Certification Provide proof of current BLS (Basic Life Support) or ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) certification within the last two years.

8. Name of Guarantor

Provide the name and address of a guarantor who will take financial responsibility for any health care services that may be provided to you by the clinical site that are not covered by health insurance.

[ Students in the Hadassah exchange program do not have to complete this requirement. ]

9. HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) Tutorial

Indicate online that you have completed the online HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) tutorial: “Patient Confidentiality, Privacy, and Security Awareness.”

10. Verification Statement for Boston Medical Center

Boston Medical Center requires a verification statement executed by your home institution . To generate this letter, send the BUSM Verification Statement for BMC (letter template) to your home administrator for completion; there are directions within the document. IMPORTANT NOTE: As part of the letter, your home administrator must verify that will have professional malpractice liability coverage (with a limit of no less than $1,000,000 per occurrence, $3,000,000 in the aggregate) during your elective period. If your home institution provides this coverage to you, no further action is necessary on your part. However, if you are not covered by your home institution at this level, you must show proof of commensurate coverage (purchased by you – see item #3 above) to your home administrator so he/she may verify this information in the letter.

11. OSHA Respiratory Medical Evaluation Questionnaire

In order to rotate at Boston Medical Center international medical students are require to be fitted for a N95 respirator (mask). Your mask-fit session will take place during the first few days of your rotation. You must complete the OSHA Respiratory Medical Evaluation Questionnaire in order to be medically cleared to undertake the mask-fit session.