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VSLO Program Coronavirus FAQs

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The AAMC continues to monitor guidance about the coronavirus from the CDC and WHO and we have processes in place to modify our operations during this rapidly changing situation. Below you will find answers and links to information that will help address your questions during this time.

Home Institutions

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

The Coalition 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 set their expectations for away rotations during this academic year.

Do the same exceptions outlined for Away Rotations in the Coalition report apply to virtual electives?

No. Virtual rotations are not part of rotations recommended to be limited by the Coalition.

If I have questions about the recommendations in the Medical Students in the Class of 2021: Moving Across Institutions for Post Graduate Training report, who can I contact?

Please write to: Coalition@aamc.org.

What is the AAMC’s guidance to institutions on Away Rotations?

Please refer to the Guidance on Medical Students’ Clinical Participation (August 2020): Effective Immediately and The Coalition for Physician Accountability's Work Group Report (May 2020).

We have students who have applied and haven’t heard back from potential Host institutions. Can the VSLO program help us?

Yes. Please complete the VSLO Contact Form with additional details and the VSLO team will reach out on your behalf.

Host Institutions

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

The Coalition 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 continue to update their policies and procedures for visiting students and publicize them on the Institutional Profile page in the VSAS system so that changes are clearly visible to students.

Do the same exceptions outlined for Away Rotations in the Coalition report apply to virtual electives?

No. Virtual rotations are not part of rotations recommended to be limited by the Coalition.

If I have questions about the recommendations in the Medical Students in the Class of 2021: Moving Across Institutions for Post Graduate Training report, who can I contact?

Please write to: Coalition@aamc.org.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, we are not currently accepting visiting students. How should we manage our catalogs during this time?

All institutions participating in the VSLO program can close electives in their catalog to prevent new visiting students from applying. For applications in progress or current applications in your queue, Host institutions must respond to all applications to provide applicants with a reason for the denial. You won’t receive future applications to your electives if you close your electives. Please view this job aid on how to close your electives and notify your applicants of this decision.

We are continuing to host students during this time. Our hospital is limiting the areas from which they will accept visiting students. How do I manage this difference in access and acceptance?

Host institutions’ policies should be followed regarding their willingness to host students. Hosts can use the “Manage Home Institutions” in the catalog setup to indicate which schools they will accept students from. Whichever schools they do and do not want to receive applications from, they simply move those schools to the appropriate list.

It is essential that Host institutions maintain current information regarding elective rotation offerings in VSAS and also communicate immediately with students and their Home institutions when there are any changes to previously offered elective rotations.

AAMC Coronavirus Update