MD Students

The University of Washington School of Medicine will be using VSAS, the Visiting Student Application Service, to receive visiting student applications for the 2012-13 academic year. Medical students from U.S. LCME accredited schools may submit applications through VSAS starting on March 1, 2013.

To apply to our institution, please complete and send us a VSAS application for your preferred electives and dates on or after March 1, 2013. Applications will be processed as soon as all supplementary materials are received.

The VSAS Elective Catalog will be viewable starting on Feb 1, 2013. We will begin accepting applications for the 2013-2014 academic year on March 1, 2013. Scheduling is done by the departments and will not begin until May or June 2013. Elective availability for visiting students will not be known until May/June when UW student scheduling is completed.

For more information on VSAS, please visit or contact VSAS at or 202.478.9878.

M.D. visiting students applying through VSAS will need to fill out the forms in the link below and upload them to VSAS. Applications will not be considered until these items have been uploaded. Save and upload each form as individual files in the 'Supplemental Documents' section on VSAS.

2012-13 VSAS Additional Application Requirements (PDF)

2013-14 VSAS Additional Application Requirements (PDF)

Checklist of Supplemental Documents for M.D. Students:
  1. Verified Credentials National Criminal Background Check: All visiting students must complete this requirement regardless of whether you have completed a background check at your home school. Please complete the online application. Enter the school code: MMWFY-68393. Create an account. Enter all required information. Provide supporting documentation if necessary. Track your progress. When the report has been completed, the UW SOM will review your report on the VCI website. You do not need to provide a copy of the report with your application. If you have technical problems or questions, call Verified at 800.938.6090.
  2. Self-Disclosure, Consent and Release of Information Form. Print form in application packet above. Sign and upload to VSAS. Electronic signatures are not accepted.
  3. Personal Health Insurance Card: If your school cannot verify on VSAS that you have personal health coverage, upload a copy of your health insurance card to VSAS.
  4. UW Immunization Form: download form from application packet above. Students must submit the UW SOM immunization form. We do not accept immunization forms from your home school. All required dates must be entered and the form signed by your school health official or by your primary care physician. We do not accept immunization records. Upload completed form to VSAS.
  5. UW SOM Essential Requirements for Medical Education Form: download form in application packet above. Upload signed form to VSAS.
  6. UW Privacy, Confidentiality, and Information Security Agreement Form: complete the UW Data Stewardship Training (PPT Slides) then print and sign the form in application packet above. Upload signed form to VSAS.
  7. BLS or CPR: If your school cannot verify your BLS dates on the VSAS application, you must send in a copy of your card. Please note: we do not accept ACLS or EMT certifications. BLS card must be valid through the end date of your requested elective.
  8. HIPAA Training Certificate: HIPAA training is required. If you have already completed HIPAA training at your home institution you can sign the HIPAA Training Certification form included in the application packet above. If you have not already completed HIPAA training the Visiting Student Coordinator will register you for UW HIPAA training. Allow two weeks to receive user id and log in information.
  9. Processing Fee: The $100 processing fee is due as soon as you are offered a clerkship. If applying to more than one department send in a $100 fee for each department. Fees are non-refundable. Checks should be made out to the University of Washington. We will notify you when this fee is due. FEE IS NOT DUE UNTIL YOU ARE OFFERED A CLERKSHIP.

Once all items have been received your application will then be approved and forwarded to the department(s) where the clinical elective has been requested. An approved application does not guarantee an elective. The department will then contact you within 6 weeks of the start date of the elective to confirm availability of requested rotation. If you have questions about clerkships availability contact the departmental coordinator under the Departmental Course Listings page on this website.

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