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Due to the Global Pandemic, UNMC is following the guidelines and recommendations set forth by the Coalition for Physician Accountability.  Our catalog for the 2021-2022 Academic Year will be viewable starting March 1.  We will begin accepting applications via VSLO starting April 15, 2021. 

Please follow the instructions and guidelines for completing an application and maximum request limits below.  Rotations for visiting students will begin with the July 5, 2021 start date.

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We wish you a healthy and fulfilling year.”

Requests for an 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 3 (three) options for review.  If those options are denied you may then submit more options (3) 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.  Beginning with the 2019-2020 catalog, UNMC offers rotations each month of the
academic year July - June. ar.   

Applicants will be expected to adhere to the date scheduled as prescribed by UNMC and be able to attend all 4 weeks of any given rotation.  UNMC will not enter into affiliation agreements with DO institutions.  Please check with your institution to see if this is required BEFORE submitting applications.

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:

  • Currently in the 4th/Final year of MD/DO program
  • Verification page on VSAS completed by the Home School
  • A student is in Good Standing (listed on Verification page)
  • Current OSHA training (listed on Verification page)
  • Current BLS (listed on Verification page)
  • N-95 Fit Testing (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)
    • Family Medicine
    • Internal Medicine
    • Obstetrics and Gynecology
    • Pediatrics
    • Psychiatry
    • Surgery
  • Current HIPAA training (listed on Verification page)
  • Passed USMLE Step 1 (listed on Verification page)
  • Immunizations uploaded
  • Verification of COVID full vaccination prior to October 8, 2021
  • State and Federal Background check uploaded
  • CV uploaded
  • Photograph uploaded
  • Transcript uploaded
  • Any additional documentation required by any given department as listed below:

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 or COMLEX
List of previous electives taken in this area
Emergency Medicine: Step 1 or COMLEX score
Brief statement of interest in area

Internal Medicine: Step 1 or COMLEX
Brief statement about why UNMC
Step 2 score (if available)
Neurosurgery: Step 1 score
Step 2 score (if available)

Obstetrics and Gynecology: Step 1 score
Brief statement about why UNMC

Ophthalmology: Brief statement about why UNMC

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 (see course description for details)

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.
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 applications for electives from students attending foreign medical schools and non-LCME accredited MD institutions or non-COCA accredited DO institutions.
To attend a non-credit experience, please contact The Office of Global Engagement (OGE) at 402-559-4517 or or visit their website.