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Visiting Medical Student Program 
The Visiting Student Program at the Wake Forest School of Medicine provides an enriching opportunity for both the school and the applicant. In order for an applicant to attend an elective rotation, the student must be actively pursuing a Doctor of Medicine degree and in good academic standing at his or her home school. Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine students are also welcome to apply, and must do so through Visiting Student Application Services (VSAS). 

Application Information
Wake Forest School of Medicine uses VSAS, Visiting Student Application Services. In order for a student to be considered in the Visiting Student Program, he or she must submit a complete application through VSAS. Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine students will need to submit their application through VSAS as well.  

Affiliation Agreement
Wake Forest School of Medicine requires an approved affiliation agreement with your home institution to allow for participation in the visiting medical student program.  The approved agreement must be in place no later than 14 days prior to the start date of the rotation.  All requests to establish Affiliation Agreements must be submitted by an appropriate home school representative only, via email to .

The request should include:

  • Official Name of the Institution/School of Medicine
  • Location of Institution/School of Medicine
  • Type of Program (i.e.: MD, DO, etc.)
  • Length of Program
  • Compelling educational reason to establish agreement
  • Home Representative and/or Institution contact Information

    Elective Availability
    Elective/course descriptions may be reviewed by assessing the Fourth Year Course Catalog in VSAS. Please note that there is limited availability for each elective offered.

    Application Requirements 
    All students who apply to the Visiting Student Program must upload the following requirements to their VSAS application to be considered complete for departmental review:

    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Academic Transcript 
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    • Two Letters of recommendation from a faculty member with whom the student has worked in an in-patient setting (two out-patient letters are acceptable for those students applying to a research elective).  The letter should address the clinical skills and abilities of the student.  Students applying for a rotation in Family Med. must have one of their letters from a Family Medicine Physician.  Student applying for a rotation in Emergency Medicine are only required to have 1 letter of recommendation (preferably from an Emergency Medicine Physician).  Letters must be uploaded as a supplemental document by your home institution.
    • Passing scores from the Step 1 – USMLE (copy of NBME results or reported by home school) or COMLEX for Osteopathic medical students.
    • Copy of Professional Liability Certificate of Coverage or statement from home school on letterhead indicating coverage limits and dates of coverage (minimum of $1/$3 million).
    • Statement of education goals for elective experience at Wake Forest School of Medicine.  Should specify the goals/objectives you hope to gain from the elective experience.

    There will be additional requirements upon acceptance of an elective rotation. More information about the additional requirements will be provided upon acceptance.

      Scholarships and Grants
      The Scholarship Clerkship Program for Visiting Medical Students is administered by the School of Medicine’s Office of Student Inclusion and Diversity. This program is designed to promote diversity in the residency programs at Wake Forest School of Medicine and annually offers scholarship assistance to visiting fourth-year medical students rotating in anesthesiology, emergency medicine, family and community medicine, general surgery, plastic surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, neurosurgery, dermatology, neurology, otolaryngology, psychiatry, orthopedic surgery, urology, nephrology or radiology.

      International Students

      International students are welcome to participate in an elective rotation at the Wake Forest School of Medicine. Those who are interested in participating in an elective rotation should email email Lynn Snyder, Program Coordinator for Global Health, at for more information. Application information is available upon request. 

      Housing Options
      The Wake Forest School of Medicine does not provide houses through the institution. Students are responsible for organizing their own housing arrangements during their rotation here. Cindy Rosenberg  with Carolinas Reality has worked with medical students and residents in finding places either short term or long term. Her contact information is Cindy Rosenberg, Broker/Realtor, 336-650-8330 or

      Upon Arrival: Please report to your Residency Program Coordinator.  

      Mailing Address
      Office of Visiting Students
      Wake Forest School of Medicine
      PO Box 573183
      Winston Salem, NC 27157
      Phone: (336) 716-4264
      Fax: (336) 716-9593

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      PO Box 573183
      Winston Salem, NC 27157

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