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School of Medicine Columbia

Visiting Senior Medical Students

USC SOM Columbia accepts applications for senior medical students thru Visiting Student Learning Opportunities (VSLO) from any United States or Canadian medical school fully accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the American Medical Association (AMA) or by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). Third year electives are not available for visiting students.

The applicant applies during the third year of medical school.  The elective catalog opens for viewing on March 15. Applications open around April 15.  Application decisions will be processed after May 2 and no later than four weeks prior to the elective's starting date. The applicant will be notified as soon as departmental approval or disapproval has been received by the Visiting Student Coordinator.

We will not be able to accept applications from international applicants for the 2022-2023 academic year.  No decision has been made yet for the 2023-24 academic year. 

2023-2024 Rotation Dates

Our electives are four weeks in duration.  Not all electives are available for these rotations.

Block Start Date End Date
1 July 3, 2023 July 28, 2023
2 July 31, 2023 August 25, 2023
3 August 28, 2023 September 22, 2023
4 September 25, 2023 October 20, 2023
5 October 23, 2023 November 17, 2023
6 November 20, 2023 December 15, 2023
7 January 2, 2024 January 26, 2024
8 January 29, 2024 February 23, 2024
9 February 26, 2024 March 22, 2024


2022-2023 Rotation Dates

Our electives are four weeks in duration.  Not all electives are available for these rotations.

Block Start Date End Date
1 July 5, 2022 July 29, 2022
2 August 1, 2022 August 26, 2022
3 August 29, 2022 September 23, 2022
4 September 26, 2022 October 21, 2022
5 October 24, 2022 November 18, 2022
6 November 21, 2022 December 16, 2022
7 January 3, 2023 January 27, 2023
8 January 30, 2023 February 24, 2023
9 February 27, 2023 March 24, 2023


What to know

  • Students must be currently enrolled and in good academic standing as a candidate for the M.D. or D.O. degree at his/her home school.

  • Students must have completed all required clerkships at the home school prior to initiating elective work at USC SOM Columbia.

  • Students are scheduled on a space-available basis.

  • A maximum of two four-week electives may be scheduled.

  • Students are not required to pay tuition. After a rotation has been offered and accepted, a non-refundable processing fee of one hundred and seventy-five dollars ($175) per elective is due as confirmation.

  • Students are required to provide a criminal background report and malpractice liability insurance.  Students are responsible for their own personal health care costs and must provide current documentation of immunization status.

  • Students are responsible for securing their own housing. Upon request, students will be provided a list of area hotels that may have vacancies during the year.

  • The application status for visiting students is communicated through VSLO.

  • Please notify us as soon as possible if you are unable to attend an approved elective.

  • If you are interested in an elective offered by the South Carolina Area Health Education Consortium (SCAHEC), please contact the SCAHEC office directly: Ms. Kristin Cochran,, or phone: 843-792-6977.


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