Visiting Students 

University of Colorado School of Medicine uses VSAS, the Visiting Student Application Service, to receive visiting student applications for the 2021-2022 academic year. 

We are delighted you have expressed interest or have chosen to apply for an away rotation at the University of Colorado School of Medicine! Due to abundance of caution during the COVID-19 Pandemic, we have made the very difficult decision to suspend all Visiting Student rotations for the 20-21 Academic Year following the recommendations set forth by our leading national entities.

On Monday, January 25, 2021 the Coalition for Physician Accountability’s Work Group on Medical Students Moving Across Institutions for Post Graduate Training issued updated recommendations on Away Rotations for Medical Education Institutions of LCME®-Accredited, U.S. Osteopathic, and Non-U.S. Medical School Applicants. We will be following these recommendations. Therefore, for the 2021-22 academic year, away rotations resume no earlier than August 1, 2021, with the following guidance:

After April 15, 2021 learners may begin applying for and scheduling in-person away rotations with a start date of August 1, 2021, or later. Our first available rotation will begin on Monday, August 23, 2021 and will be in 4 week increments with block start dates outlined below. Students are allowed only 1 rotation with our school and we will begin processing applications after May 1, 2021.

VSAS can only be used by medical students from U.S. LCME accredited schools and U.S. osteopathic medical schools. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer International Students clinical visiting rotations for the 2021-2022 Academic Year.

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  1. A completed application must be on file no less than eight weeks prior to the course's beginning date.
  2. Immunization form must be completed, signed by your school and returned with your application. Individual health records will not be accepted.
  3. Respiratory Mask fit testing (Any type is fine - in general we use 3M N95)
  4. HIPAA training
  5. USMLE Step 1 Pass
  6. Personal health insurance
  7. BLS or ACLS certified Criminal Background Report
  8. Malpractice Insurance $1,000,000/$3,000,000
  9. In Good academic standing and in final year of study
  10. Instruction for OSHA safety measures and infection control precautions

A nonrefundable application fee of $150 for MD students is due on receipt of an offer for externship if the externship is accepted by the student. DO and International medical students are required to pay a nonrefundable fee of $4,150 on receipt of an offer and acceptance of externship. Our tuition fee is assessed to any student outside of our common accreditation body, the LCME. The LCME accredits only the schools that grant a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree. Osteopathic medical schools that grant the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) degree are accredited by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation of the American Osteopathic Association. Some allopathic schools may enter in to separate agreements with local osteopathic schools to ensure core rotations for their students at specific clinical sites but in VSLO, for our electives, that is not the case. We don’t currently have preferential relationships with any schools. MD students are not assessed additional fees as they are able to attend reciprocal intuitions. Unfortunately, MD students are not able to rotate in clinical rotations at Osteopathic Institutions or International Institutions.

Upon completion of the course, student evaluations will be sent by the department course coordinator for the elective. If your school requires their evaluation form be used please include the form with your application material. Visiting students are also responsible for supplying a copy to the course coordinator once assigned.

We ask that you bring your home school student ID with you. A temporary student ID will be issued, which along with your home school ID will be used for identification on clinical services.

Office of Student Life Contact Information 

Mailing address: 13001 East 17th Place, Mail Stop C292, Aurora, CO  80045
Location: Building 500, First Floor, Room N1219 ​
Phone: 303-724-6407

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