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VSLO Program Coronavirus FAQs

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The AAMC continues to monitor guidance about the coronavirus from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) and we have processes in place to modify our operations during this rapidly changing situation. Below you will find answers to frequently asked questions and links to additional information and resources.

For more FAQs regarding away rotations, please refer to the The Coalition for Physician Accountability’s Work Group on Away Rotations — FAQs

Home Institutions

How do the Coalition for Physician Accountability's updated recommendations affect my institution's away-rotation policy?

These recommendations are intended to add to, but not supersede, the independent judgment of a medical school, sponsoring institution or residency program regarding the immediate needs of its patients and preparation of its learners. Additionally, Home institutions are encouraged to clarify policies for their own students to level-set their expectations for away rotations this season.

If I have questions about the Coalition for Physician Accountability's updated recommendations for medical student away rotations for the remainder of the 2020-21 and 2021-22 academic year, who can I contact?

Please write to: aciccone.coalition@gmail.com.

Do the exceptions outlined for away rotations in the Coalition's recommendations apply to virtual electives?

No. Virtual rotations are not included in the recommendations from the Coalition.

Host Institutions

How do the Coalition for Physician Accountability's updated recommendations affect my institution’s catalog offerings?

These recommendations are intended to add to, but not supersede, the independent judgment of a medical school, sponsoring institution or residency program regarding the immediate needs of its patients and preparation of its learners. We encourage Host institutions to clarify their policies and procedures for visiting students and publicize them on the VSAS Institutional Profile page, so changes are clearly visible to students.

If I have questions about the Coalition for Physician Accountability's updated recommendations for medical student away rotations for the remainder of the 2020-21 and 2021-22 academic year, who can I contact?

Please write to: aciccone.coalition@gmail.com.

Can I offer virtual electives in the VSAS system and change them to in-person electives later?

You can offer virtual electives in the VSAS system at any time, or you can change in-person electives to virtual electives, if applicable. However, you cannot change virtual electives to in-person electives later as this will burden students with unanticipated travel plans. 

To learn more about your options in creating electives, please refer to our Job Aid.

Do the exceptions outlined for away rotations in the Coalition's recommendations apply to virtual electives?

No. Virtual rotations are not included in the recommendations from the Coalition.