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Many institutions and students have shared feedback about the need to improve the process for submitting student immunization forms to institutions that host visiting students. As many host institutions ask for the same core set of immunization requirements there was a clear opportunity to create a standardized form and we believe its widespread use will create efficiencies for medical institutions and students. Our goal is to eliminate unnecessary time and resources currently spent completing myriad immunization forms, when a standard, predictable approach is sufficient.

The foundation of AAMC’s Standardized Immunization Form is the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommended vaccines for healthcare workers. Our review found the CDC recommendations are a national standard developed through a rigorous process by a panel of national experts.  Therefore we developed this form as a baseline that we believe accommodates the CDC recommendations. We conducted extensive outreach through various forums and individual contacts and received invaluable feedback from many AAMC members as we developed and edited this form.

This form may be adopted for use by any institution which hosts visiting students, regardless if the institution receives applications through the AAMC’s Visiting Student Learning Opportunities (VSLO). If additional requirements are needed, beyond what the AAMC Standardized Immunization Form collects, a host institution should provide supplemental information outlining the additional requirements.

Consistent use of the AAMC Standardized Immunization Form throughout the medical education community will save time, reduce costs, and standardize expectations.

Add your institution’s name to our registry today by sending an email to cosr@aamc.org.

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