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Advanced Studies Electives US Visiting Students

Thank you for your interest in UMass Medical School. In the spirit of collaboration and a mutual pursuit of greater knowledge, UMMS has a proud history of welcoming Visiting Students from across the globe for a world class learning experience. As you can imagine, the COVID-19 Pandemic has had a major impact on the way our institution operates. With the health and well-being of our community in mind, UMMS is currently discussing the status of our Graduate Medical Education Visiting Student Program for the 2021-2022 academic year. We hope to publish updates here, as well as in VSAS, very soon!


Please review the following sections for more information:

Applying for a UMass elective: Applications for all UMass electives must be made through VSAS, the AAMC's online Visiting Student Application Service. Our institution name is "Univ Massachusetts Med School." Available UMass electives can be found on VSAS.  Specific elective descriptions can be found in the left navigation bar under Advanced Studies Elective List but this list is strictly informational and cannot be used to apply for electives.

UMass electives are offered in four-week blocks of time. A maximum of 2 four-week electives (8 weeks) are allowed per student each academic year. Elective dates are posted on the VSAS website. We are unable to accommodate rotation dates that do not match our own schedule. Available rotation dates are open to apply to in the VSAS system.

All VSAS applications are considered in the order in which the completed application was received. Completed VSAS applications must be submitted at least eight weeks prior the start date of the requested elective.

The administrative fee for electives is $106, non-refundable payment assessed for each accepted elective in VSAS. This fee is due within ten days of the elective being accepted. At this time, we do not have a mechanism in place for online payment. Please submit your payment in the form of a check or money order (drawn on a U.S. bank) payable to UMMS Electives.  Please send your payment to:

UMMS, Office of Student Affairs
55 Lake Ave North
Worcester, MA 01655

Application includes the following supporting documentation be uploaded to VSAS:

  • Home School verification of the student’s statements of Good Standing, HIPAA & OSHA Training, BLS Training, Personal Health Insurance, Completion of Core Clerkships, Malpractice/Liability insurance limits and Passing of Step 1 or COMLEX Level 1 is required.  Malpractice/Liability Insurance minimums are $1 million per occurrence / $3 million aggregate.
  • CV
  • Official Transcript
  • Photo
  • A completed AAMC Standardized Immunization Form (available on VSAS), including lab reports documenting proof of immunity to Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Varicella/Chicken Pox and Hepatitis B as required on the form (documentation is NOT required for MMR or varicella if you can prove 2 doses of each vaccine). Student should also include an updated TST Mantoux Tuberculin skin test (TST) within 30 days of elective start date or in place of the TST students can included an updated TB Blood test such as QuantiFERON Gold or T-SPOT test within 30 days of elective start date.  Additional requirements are on our immunization form and our VSAS institutional page.
  • Signed Blood-Borne Pathogen (BBP) Infection Policy Statement Form (Attached to UMMS Immunization form on VSAS).
  • MD students are required to upload Step 1 scores for Anesthesiology, Emergency Medicine (EM) and Pediatrics electives.
  • DO students are required to upload either Step 1 or Level 1 COMLEX scores for EM and Pediatrics electives. Both Step 1 and Level 1 COMLEX scores must be uploaded for Anesthesiology electives.
  • Students requesting Family Health Center Based Sub-I (FC-423) or Family Medicine Office Sub I (FC-450) must fill out a Student Info & History form and upload it to VSAS.  The forms can be download from UMMS Family Medicine Elective Descriptions on our website. Please download the form associate with each elective description.
  • Any student who is interested in applying for an elective at St. Vincent's Hospital is required to have a Urine Drug Screening completed at their home institution. This screening must be uploaded to VSAS and sent to Donna Davisson.

Approved Applications: Approved students will be notified by email through VSAS. Elective offer emails contain information and instructions on the elective dates, location and who to report to. The offer will be valid for five (5) business days. Students will be required to 'accept' the offer on VSAS before the deadline expires.

Housing: UMMS does not provide housing

Evaluation Forms: We use the OASIS system to evaluate Visiting Student performance. The evaluation will be emailed to the address identified as the Home Administrator in VSLO within a few weeks after the student completes the elective experience.  Please note that we are not able to complete other schools’ evaluation forms.

Parking & Picture ID Badges: Students accepted for electives at the University Campus will be required to obtain a UMMS Picture ID Badge from the Parking and Access Control Department. The cost is $10.

Parking on the University Campus is coordinated by the Parking and Access Control Department. The cost is $8.00/week, payable in advance by cash or check. Visiting students are assigned parking at the Plantation Street Parking garage, about 1/4 mile from the campus. There is a free shuttle that runs from the garage to the campus approximately every 10 minutes, but many students enjoy the short minute walk. The shuttle runs weekdays from 5:30 a.m. to 9p.m.

Additional information about parking and ID badges at our affiliated sites can also be found in the Visiting Student Orientation Book located in the right hand navigation bar.

Denied Applications: We make every effort to accommodate elective requests, however there are occasions when applications cannot be honored.  If your elective was not approved, you will be notified by e-mail with an explanation of why your request could not be fulfilled.

Dropping an Elective Offer: The policy of the University of Massachusetts is to provide 8 weeks advanced notice if a student is unable to take an approved elective. The student should email the elective coordinator and Student Affairs noting the reason the student is requesting to drop the elective. Failure to do so may result in the student's Dean being notified.

Contact Information

Benjamin Smith
Office of Student Affairs