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VSAS Help Desk
Monday - Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. ET
Telephone: 202-478-9878



Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS®)

VSAS phase 1

VSAS® is designed to streamline the application process for senior "away" electives at U.S. medical schools and independent academic medical centers. The service requires only one application for all participating institutions, effectively reducing paperwork, miscommunication, and time. VSAS also provides a centralized location for managing offers and tracking decisions.

NEW: Receive Applications with VSAS in 2015!

Host institutions are invited to receive and process visiting student applications with VSAS for the 2015-2016 academic year. The deadline to join is January 15, 2015.

AAMC Uniform Clinical Training Affiliation Agreement - LCME Endorsed!

At its June 2014 meeting, the Liaison Committee on Medical Education endorsed the AAMC Uniform Clinical Training Affiliation Agreement as meeting its accreditation standards.

The AAMC Uniform Clinical Training Affiliation Agreement is a simple, one-size-fits-all agreement designed to spell out roles and responsibilities between a medical education program and its clinical affiliates, and to eliminate time spent negotiating (and re-negotiating) agreements.

Canadian and International Students

VSAS is not available for Canadian for international students. Please use the Extramural Electives Compendium (EEC) for visiting student application information. Also see information about GHLO below.

Global Health Learning Opportunities (GHLO)

GHLO is a collaborative network of institutions around the world that facilitates clinical, global health, and research elective rotations globally for final year medical students. U.S. and international students may participate in GHLO.
Learn more about GHLO

VSAS Listserv

The VSAS listserv is a tool for home and host institution users as it provides timely updates about the software and serves as a great forum for sharing helpful feedback, tips or asking questions about VSAS and the visiting student process.

If you would like to receive VSAS announcements, please subscribe to the VSAS listserv.

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"VSAS gave me the ability to search for and read about many programs of interest and even discover ones I had not previously considered!"
--Anonymous 2012 student feedback