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VSAS Help Desk
Monday - Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. ET
Telephone: 202-478-9878
Email: vsas@aamc.org

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Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS®)

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VSAS® is designed to streamline the application process for senior "away" electives at U.S. medical schools and independent academic medical centers. With VSAS, you only need one application for all participating institutions, reducing paperwork, miscommunication, and time.

Become a VSAS Host Institution

VSAS provides a centralized location for managing offers and tracking decisions. Each fall, host institutions are invited to join VSAS and begin receiving and processing visiting student applications for the upcoming academic year. The deadline to join for 2015-2016 was January 15, 2015.

Canadian and International Students

VSAS is not available for Canadian for international students. Please use the Extramural Electives Compendium (EEC) to find visiting student information for the individual schools.

Students from participating institutions worldwide can pursuing clinical, research, and public health electives outside their home country through Global Health Learning Opportunities (GHLO).


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