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Requests for elective time at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Medicine from students attending U.S. medical schools or osteopathic schools are done through VSAS (Visiting Student Application Service).  There is a maximum of 1 (one) rotation per applicant.  Please limit requests to no more than 4 (four) options for review.  If those options are denied you may then submit more options for consideration. 

Do not contact any faculty or clinical department prior to your acceptance for a rotation. Doing so is considered a professionalism breach and may disqualify you from doing rotations at UNMC.  Applications will be reviewed by merit beginning April 1 with decisions beginning May 1 of each academic year.  UNMC offers rotations from July - February of each academic year. 

Applicants will be expected to adhere to the date schedule as prescribe by UNMC and be able to attend all 4 weeks of any given rotation.

Only complete applications will be reviewed, others may be denied and not up for review at a later date.  A complete application consists of the following:

  • Verification page on VSAS completed by the Home School
  • Current OSHA training (listed on Verification page)
  • Current BLS (listed on Verification page)
  • Medical Liability in the amounts of $3M Aggregate and $1M Per Instance (listed on Verification page)
  • Completion of Core Clerkships that are required at UNMC (listed on Verification page)
  • Current HIPAA training (listed on Verification page)
  • Passed USMLE Step 1 (listed on Verification page)
  • Immunizations uploaded
  • Background check uploaded
  • CV uploaded
  • Photograph uploaded
  • Transcript uploaded

The University of Nebraska Medical Center additional documentation required for VSAS applications: (See VSAS for any updates to this list)

UNMC requires a background check uploaded for each applicant.

The following departments require additional documents:

Anesthesiology:
Step 1 score
List of previous electives taken in this area

Emergency Medicine:
Step 1 or COMLEX score
Brief statement of interest in area

Orthopaedic Surgery:
Step 1 score

Otolaryngology:
Step 1 score
Brief statement about why UNMC

Path. & Microbiology:
Course 799 requires a preference sheet Do not contact dept or faculty

Radiation Therapy:
List of previous electives taken in this area

Surgery:
Step 1 score
Step 2 score (if available)

Elective rotations are four weeks in length.

We do not offer any two week elective experiences. 

Electives are not offered during March, April, May or June to visiting students.

The student must be at the senior/final level of medical school at the time of the proposed elective. 

Visiting students are not accepted into third year junior clerkships. 

The University of Nebraska College of Medicine does not accept application for electives from students attending foreign medical schools and non-LCME accredited institutions.  No Exceptions !!

To attend a non-credit experience, please contact the International Health and Medical Education offices at 402-559-6414 or international@unmc.edu or visit their website at http://www.unmc.edu/ihme/index.html .