Visiting Medical Students

Vanderbilt School of Medicine accepts visiting students from other accredited medical schools. Applications are made through the Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS). Vanderbilt's annual elective catalog opens for applications on March 15, 2017Applications are processed and offers extended no more than 8 weeks prior to each elective.

In order to rotate at Vanderbilt, your school must have an affiliation agreement with Vanderbilt.
Click here for a list of affiliated institutions.

Send us an email with any questions you have. We will respond as quickly as possible. No phone calls, please.


In order to be a visiting student at Vanderbilt, you must:

  • be in your 4th year of medical school.
  • attend a university that has an affiliation agreement with Vanderbilt.
  • have either BLS or ACLS training that has not expired.
  • have completed a criminal background check within twelve (12) months prior to your rotation. Please note that Vanderbilt neither requires nor recommends any specific background check company.

Some electives, like Orthopaedics, require a letter of recommendation. You would upload that LOR under Supplementation Documents on your VSAS profile.


An application is considered complete when it includes uploads of a student's: 

  • CV
  • Transcript
  • Photo
  • Criminal background check (must have been completed within 12 months of date of desired elective) *Please note: Vanderbilt neither requires nor recommends any one particular criminal background check company.
  • USMLE Step 1 score report
  • Completed AAMC uniform immunization form

Incomplete applications will be deemed ineligible and will not be reconsidered. For complete applications, the individual department reviews the VSAS applications specific to that specialty. Once an offer is made, the visiting student has one (1) week to accept or deny the offer. Students are responsible for finding housing during the time that they are in Nashville. In addition, students may not take more than two (2) electives.

There is a $150 processing fee that is due once the student accepts Vanderbilt's offer. This may be paid in cash or by check. 


Vanderbilt University School of Medicine does not provide housing for visiting medical students. We recommend you visit Rotating Room to search for accommodations. Other options can also be found on our Housing page.


Students may NOT contact individual course directors. In addition, due to the high volume of applications, we regret that we cannot take phone calls related to VSAS applications.