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Visiting Students for Academic Year 2018-19

University of Colorado School of Medicine uses VSAS, the Visiting Student Application Service, to receive visiting student applications for the 2018-2019 academic year. Electives and date information were available on VSAS on Feb. 1, 2018. Applications may be submitted through VSAS starting on March 1, 2018. To apply to our school, please complete and send us a VSAS application for your preferred electives and dates. VSAS can only be used by medical students from U.S. LCME accredited schools and U.S. osteopathic medical schools.  

International applicants may apply via paper and the application paperwork is available on this web page. 

For more information on VSAS, please visit or contact VSAS at  If you are from an allopathic or osteopathic school, please stop using this web page at this point and see directions and requirements as published on VSAS.


A completed application must be on file no less than six weeks prior to the course's beginning date. A nonrefundable application fee of $150 is due on receipt of an offer for externship.  Initial applications will be processed when received. However, actual course assignments will not be made until all required documents are complete and have been received by the visiting student coordinator. Students will be notified of a decision as soon as processing is completed, but no less than six weeks prior to the first day of the elective. Students will be notified of all application decisions through VSAS.

The University of Colorado School of Medicine, requires malpractice insurance coverage of a minimum of $1 million per occurrence and $3 million in aggregate. There will be no exceptions to the amount, and coverage is not available through the University of Colorado. Please note that we do not participate in malpractice short-term affiliation agreements.

Students applying for a visiting student elective are required to pass a background check that includes criteria set by the University of Colorado School of Medicine. The background check must be done by the home school or by the CU School of Medicine. If the CU School of Medicine does the background check, the student must complete a consent and release form and pay a one-time non-refundable fee of $65.

Students must be certified in BLS (Basic Life Support) or ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support).

HIPAA training - students are required to complete the Veterans' Health Affairs (VHA) Privacy Policy training. Go to the website attached to this link to complete the training. When you have completed the Privacy Policy Training Document, print and sign the certificate on page 42 (last page) of the training document and submit with your application. No other HIPAA training is accepted.

An official transcript or written verification from your school official stating the final grade received in the third-year core courses must accompany your application.

The CU School of Medicine immunization form must be completed, signed by your school and returned with your application. Individual health records will not be accepted.

Other Key Information
Students are required to submit a current photograph which will be used for identification purposes only. 

Personal health insurance coverage is required. The University of Colorado is not liable for personal health issues.

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.

On campus housing is not available. Please visit the rotating room website for housing rental information (  

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.