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VSLO® Program Updates

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We are committed to providing regular VSLO program updates through the VSLO listserv, email and on this page. Please visit this page regularly and if you have any questions, email the VSLO team at: visitingstudents@aamc.org.

Last Updated July 15, 2021


Message from The VSLO Team

Dear VSLO Colleagues,

As we embark on another year, we would like to share our updated VSLO Handbook for Institutions. This is an excellent resource for new and seasoned institutional users alike. Please note that a user must log in to access the handbook.

We are pleased to share that we are on track for software changes coming in early fall. These are changes that will align the VSLO application service with other AAMC services to create a consistent look and feel. These changes will not affect processes or workflows. We will communicate additional details in the coming weeks to ensure our institutional and student users are well-informed and aware of what to expect.

Additionally, we will begin to communicate directly with students through a post-rotation survey launching later this month. We hope that over time, this will yield additional data that can support and inform the community about student perspectives. Stay tuned!

Finally, as we look toward a year less dominated by COVID-19, VSLO will begin important discussions with our institutional users about our upcoming software upgrades and about the visiting student experience in general. We want to know how you think we can be most useful in helping you and your teams meet your goals for students. So, look for calls from our team over the fall and winter. We are excited to begin these conversations!

Thank you and stay safe,

The VSLO Team 

VSLO Program Updates

We are finalizing the standardization of our program name across our website and resources for clarity and to prevent confusion between VSAS and VSLO. We have replaced references to VSAS with either “VSLO” or “the VSLO application service,” where appropriate. We encourage you to do the same on your websites, and greatly appreciate your support in creating consistency when referring to the VSLO application service as well as our visiting student training opportunities. 

Our institutions have been reporting a significant slowdown in the execution of the AAMC Uniform Clinical Training Affiliation Agreement (UCTAA) Implementation Letters. Most often, this appears to be a result of unnecessary additions and edits being made to the Implementation Letter during the review process. As a reminder, the UCTAA is designed to reduce the need to negotiate and re-negotiate agreements for short-term, supervised training experiences that represent relatively low risk to all involved.

We have updated the AAMC UCTAA webpage to better support your process for finalizing these affiliation agreements. These improvements include:

  1. A new email template to relay the Implementation Letter to your legal team
  2. Additional context at the top of the editable Implementation Letter
  3. A more flexible listing of the institutions currently utilizing the UCTAA

Additional communication with the broader community is planned as well as the creation of a listing of affiliation agreements between institutions.

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