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Guidelines for Visiting Medical Students

Southern Illinois University School of Medicine (SIU-SOM) welcomes senior students from other institutions accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) or the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to participate in fourth-year elective study.  Application may also be considered from students enrolled in foreign institutions with which SIU-SOM has a standing clinical electives exchange program.

To be approved for elective study at SIU-SOM, a visiting medical student must be in good academic standing, have successfully completed the equivalent of any prerequisites listed for the desired course prior to actually participating in the elective experience, be covered by personal health and malpractice insurance, and provide documentation of required immunizations.

Students enrolled in approved foreign medical colleges:  In addition to the above, students enrolled in foreign medical colleges with an established clinical electives exchange program must be in the equivalent of our senior (final) year of training.  If approved for elective study, students will be enrolled in the specific elective course(s) only, not enrolled in the medical school.  We also require that foreign students provide information regarding their proficiency in the English language.

Students may apply for visiting student status at any time, but enrollment decisions for visiting students will be made following registration and the open enrollment period for SIU-SOM students; usually early to mid-June. Please note:  All paperwork must be submitted three weeks prior to the beginning of the elective experience.

SIU-SOM has no “official housing” available for visiting medical students.  The student will be responsible for travel and living expenses.  There are no fees or tuition charged to visiting medical students.

If a student accepted for elective study at SIU-SOM must cancel participation in the course for any reason, the Registrar in the Office of Student Affairs should be notified in writing as soon as possible.

Visiting Student Application Service

SIU-SOM is a Host and Home school utilizing the AAMC Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS). Students enrolled in AOA accredited medical colleges or foreign medical colleges with approved clinical agreements will apply in the traditional way through paper applications obtained through the Registrar’s office. 

Direct inquiries to:

Jennifer Langley, BS, Registrar
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
Office of Student Affairs
PO Box 19624
Springfield, IL  62794-9624
(217) 545-0890

SIU School of Medicine Electives Catalog