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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 August 19, 2021


Message from The VSLO Team

Dear VSLO Colleagues,

This month has likely proved to be a very busy one as your students begin away rotations. We have been busy too and are excited to share what we have been working on! First, we launched a new communication to students as they accept rotation opportunities. The message congratulates students on their decision to pursue clinical rotations and provides students with a Clinical Rotation Evaluation worksheet (created by AAMC Careers in Medicine®) which we hope will be useful to them.

Next, we are continuing to prepare for our conversations with institutional users to better understand how your institutions are adapting to another atypical year and how our team can be most helpful to you and your colleagues as you work to support your students. We will initiate these conversations over the fall and winter and will keep you apprised.

Finally, we would like to remind our users to please remove references to “VSAS” from your websites and replace with either “VSLO” or “VSLO application service.” We have completed the standardization of our program name across our website and resources in order to reduce confusion – particularly for our student users. We sincerely appreciate your support in this effort!   

Thank you and stay safe,

The VSLO Team 

VSLO Program Updates

VSLO Institutional Renewals

We are wrapping up the institutional participation renewal process. Please remember to periodically review the points of contact your institution has listed in the VSLO application service to ensure we have the current contact as colleagues may have shifted positions and responsibilities. We rely on this information to send invoices, Participation Agreements, and to generally communicate with our users. We heard from some of you who did not receive an invoice this year. Anyone who is listed as the Billing Contact at their respective institutions is encouraged to add aamc@myworkday.com as a safe sender to ensure emails are received. Outlook users can refer to this Microsoft guide for more information on how to set this up.

Upcoming VSLO Application Service Changes

We continue moving forward with software changes that will be implemented before year end. These changes will not affect processes or workflows, rather, they will align the VSLO application service with other AAMC services to create a consistent look and feel. At the same time, we will be changing VSAS references to VSLO in the software as the final step in our effort to standardize VSLO across the program. We look forward to sharing more details with you and your students soon.

VSLO Underrepresented in Medicine Database

Institutions have continued to submit opportunities for visiting students who are underrepresented in medicine (URiM) and the VSLO URiM Database has grown to 116 opportunities! We hope that advisors will share this resource with students looking for opportunities to explore a certain specialty and learn more about a residency program or clinical site. Check out the list of URiM opportunities, and please fill out this form to submit a new addition.

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