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Visiting Student Policy

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. 

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 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 mid-June. Please note:  All paperwork must be submitted four 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in the Office of Student Affairs should be notified in writing as soon as possible and the application should be withdrawn from VSAS.

Visiting Student Application Service

SIU-SOM is a Host and Home school utilizing the AAMC Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS).  

Direct inquiries to:

Karla Hehner, BA, Registrar
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
Office of Student Affairs
PO Box 19624
Springfield, IL  62794-9624
(217) 545-0326