Visiting Medical Students

COVID-19 Statement

In keeping with the Final Report and Recommendations for Medical Education Institutions of LCME-Accredited, U.S. Osteopathic, and Non-U.S. Medical School Applicants released by the Coalition for Physician Accountability’s Work Group on Medical Students in the Class of 2021 Moving Across Institutions for Post Graduate Training, WMed will require all visiting students to provide documentation from their home institution stating there are no local rotation options available to meet the student’s educational requirement in their chosen specialty and that Kalamazoo is a geographically proximate program for the student. Visiting students must arrive in Kalamazoo one week prior to any in-person scheduled activities.

Applications for fourth-year elective clerkships are accepted from medical students attending a US LCME or AOA accredited medical school, and from Canadian medical schools jointly accredited by the LCME and CACMS.

All electives are two or four weeks in duration. Students must have a car for transportation to travel to the clinical sites, which are generally located in Kalamazoo. Parking is provided at each of the clinical areas.

Free shared housing is provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

Applicants from US LCME or AOA accredited medical schools must apply through VSLO.

Elective Clerkships

Descriptions and objectives for elective clerkships for visiting fourth-year medical students are available on the online Course Catalog.

Underrepresented in Medicine Visiting Elective Scholarship Program

Medical students are encouraged to apply to WMed's Underrepresented in Medicine Visiting Elective Scholarship Program. The program supports fourth-year medical school experiences. The program is designed to increase awareness of opportunities for residency training at the medical school and encourage students from diverse backgrounds to apply to our residency programs.

Housing is available and the program provides a scholarship of $1,000 per student to cover the cost of transportation, food, and additional expenses.

Electives are four weeks in duration and subject to availability. Additional information about each elective is available on the medical school website. Electives are available in the following programs:  Orthopedic Surgery, General Surgery, Internal Medicine, Psychiatry, Family Medicine, and Emergency Medicine.  VSLO applications will be required along with a URM Visiting Elective Scholarship Application, and one letter of recommendation.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must identify as American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander. 
  • Must be a full-time fourth-year medical student or third-year medical student that has completed required core clinical clerkships
  • Must be in good academic standing at an accredited medical school in the United States.

For more information or to submit your application, please contact visitingstudents@med.wmich.edu or Dr. Cheryl Dickson, associate dean for Health Equity and Community Affairs, at cheryl.dickson@med.wmich.edu.