Most institutions use VSAS to process their applications for clinical electives. Vanderbilt University School of Medicine students may opt to take up to 3 away clinical rotations. It is important that Vanderbilt students rotate at an institution that has an Affiliation Agreement established. View a list of over 150 institutions that have an Affiliation Agreement with Vanderbilt.
Away Rotations FAQs
This is very important! You cannot register yourself. You will need to download Form 7100: Petition for Clinical Rotation (Away) and either email it or bring it to our office in 224 Eskind Biomedical Library. This form a) enables us to enroll you in the elective and b) provides us a contact name so that we can track down your evaluation and enter a grade to your transcript. Once you have turned in your form, you will need to get approval so that we can grant you credit.
All you need to do is email the VUSM Course director that is in charge of the elective you are seeking away credit in with the course description. CC: email@example.com on the email so that when they reply we can see the approval. After both of these steps are completed, we will register you and it will appear in YES. Below is a list of approvers:
|Anesthesiology||Dr. Brian Gelfand or Dr. Amy Robertson|
|Emergency Medicine||Dr. Corey Slovis or Dr. Kendra Parekh|
|Family Medicine||Dr. Bill Cutrer|
|Interdisciplinary||Dr. Amy Fleming|
|Medicine||Dr. John McPherson|
|Neurology||Dr. Martin Gallagher|
|Ob/Gyn||Dr. Charles Rush|
|Ophthalmology||Dr. Janice Law|
|Orthopaedics||Dr. Ginger Holt|
|Otolaryngology||Dr. Amy Whigham|
|Pathology||Dr. Jim Atkinson|
|Pediatrics||Dr. Maya Neeley|
|Psychiatry||Dr. Terako Amison|
|Radiology||Dr. Martin Jordanov|
|Radiation Oncology||Dr. Zachary Kohutek|
|Surgery||Dr. Erin Gillaspie|
|Urology||Dr. Kristen Scarpato|
We are happy to help you with the application process for a non-VSAS school. Please email Miranda McLaughlin for further assistance.
It is critical that you rotate at an institution that has an Affiliation Agreement with Vanderbilt. View a list of over 150 institutions with whom Vanderbilt has an affiliation agreement. When planning an away rotation (either a clinical elective or primary care rotation), students choose from this list of institutions.
Not at all! Make sure you visit the VSAS website and review the specific requirements of each institution, as well as the date when that institution’s application opens online. If you feel strongly about rotating at a particular school, you’ll want to make sure you’re one of the first applicants. Many schools enroll on a first-come-first-serve basis.
No need! We will be going into VSAS twice a day in the coming months and will receive a notification when you have an application that needs to be verified and/or released.
No. The beauty of VSAS—much like the Common App or AMCAS—is that you can upload your documents one time. Just make sure you assign your documents to the different host institutions to which you’re applying.
Most institutions require a recent criminal background check. When you get that email, follow the steps to process your criminal background check. Then it will come to us and we will upload it to your record in VSAS.
We are in the process of creating a letter for each of you that addresses your expected graduation date, the core clerkships you’ve completed, your various trainings (BLS, ACLS, mask fit, etc.) and your personal health and malpractice insurance. We will upload these letters to VSAS for each of you within the next two weeks. This will suffice for the institutions’ requirements.
Institutions will either have their own immunization form for you to complete or they will use a standard form. Make sure you read the information about the institution and know what they require. For signatures on immunization records, please contact the Student Health department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Just leave that blank. Do not put N/A.
There is a dashboard in VSAS where you will be able to check on the status.