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Visiting Student Electives

The 2019-2020 Visiting Student Catalog is now open in VSAS.

General Information

Weill Cornell Medical College uses the Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS) to receive and process visiting student applications. To apply, please go to https://apps.aamc.org/vsas/ and search for Weill Cornell Medicine. Visiting students should not contact departments or course directors regarding the application process.

If your question is not answered by this website, you may contact our office via electives@med.cornell.edu. Due to a high volume of inquiries, we respond to all inquiries within 3-4 business days. 

The following affiliates have their own visiting student application processes:

Eligibility

To be eligible, visiting students must meet the following criteria:

  1. Be enrolled and in good standing at an accredited MD or DO degree-granting institution;
  2. Complete all clerkships required by the home school, and be in the final phase by the time they are planning to enroll in the elective;
  3. Be covered by malpractice or liability insurance during the term of the elective; and,
  4. Have personal health insurance coverage.

Students from International Schools

Students enrolled at an international medical school, anywhere except Canada and Puerto Rico, should seek additional information from the Office of Global Health Education and the WCM Center for Global Health. Please contact the Office of Global Health Education directly if you have any questions:

Dianne Young
International Electives Coordinator
Dey2001@med.cornell.edu
(646) 962-8058

Availability of Electives

Elective placements will be made according to the needs of individual departments, and on a space-available basis. Due to the rotating nature of electives, we will be unable to respond to inquiries regarding their availability. Also, we will be unable to reserve a position pending the receipt of an application. Only completed applications will be considered, and students are advised to provide alternate courses and/or dates.

Students will be notified of acceptance as soon as possible, and we always inform students at least 30 days before the course begins (generally it will be much earlier than this). Acceptance notifications are delivered via email. We are unable to provide dates or deadlines. Please note that Weill Cornell Medicine policies explicitly prohibit students from contacting sponsors or departments directly.

Weill Cornell does not coordinate independent rotations outside of VSAS, and the dates of electives cannot modified.  

Student Health Requirements

Students are required to demonstrate serologic immunity to measles, mumps, rubella, varicella and hepatitis B. Students must also provide documentation of a tetanus (Td) or Tetanus/pertussis (Tdap) booster administered in the last 10 years. Skin testing for tuberculosis is required. Students are required to provide documentation of a physical exam performed in the 12 months prior to an elective, and be free of communicable illness.

Titer Reports

Titer reports must be filed along with an application and, if they demonstrate immunity, there is no requirement regarding the date they are drawn; however, if the titers drawn for the purposes of this elective are found to be non-immune, the student must provide documentation of the appropriate boosters prior to arrival at Weill Cornell. If the student has a negative or borderline hepatitis B titer, or if the student attends a university that permits them to decline hepatitis B vaccination (and the student chooses not to be (re)immunized against hepatitis B), the student must provide Hepatitis B surface antigen documentation, and may sign a declination. Students will be notified if they require any additional testing prior to an elective.

PPD Testing

If a student is PPD-negative, they must provide two PPD test results - one in the 12 months preceding the elective, and one in the calendar year of the elective. Students who are PPD-positive must provide the date of their positive test, a copy of their chest x-ray report, and documentation of counseling and/or treatment for latent tuberculosis infection. Please note that prior history of BCG vaccination is not a contraindication to testing. Failure to provide this information will result in the cancellation of the elective.

Influenza Vaccination (October – April)

All visiting medical students must provide documentation of influenza vaccination for the current season. At a minimum, the documentation must include the date administered, name, address and signature of the immunizer, and the formulation used. Students not able to provide this documentation, or who have a medical reason they cannot receive the vaccine, will be required to wear a mask at all times around patients if the New York State Health Commissioner declares an influenza emergency, and must do so until the commissioner declares it is safe for “masks off”. Students who are not immunized against the flu, and who do not adhere to the masking requirement, may be prohibited from patient contact. 

Health Insurance

All students must provide proof of health insurance. (Please note, visiting students are not eligible for services provided through Weill Cornell Student Health Services.) In the event of illness, or the need for consultation regarding health care, visiting students must seek the services of a physician. In the event of an emergency, visiting students are advised to proceed immediately to the nearest emergency room. Any questions related to coverage (including cost) should be addressed by a student directly with their insurance provider.

Correspondence

All correspondence with Weill Cornell regarding status of an elective request will be communicated via email.

Housing

Visiting students can inquire with the Weill Cornell Housing Office directly about on- and off-campus housing options at (212) 746-1001 or housing@med.cornell.edu. They have more information on their website at http://www.med.cornell.edu/housing.

Evaluation

Weill Cornell Medical College uses OASIS for all evaluations. Visiting students and their schools may request a copy by emailing registrar@med.cornell.edu. WCMC faculty are not obligated to complete away forms or convert P/F grading.

Course Catalog

Visiting students will be considered for clinical electives only. Core clinical clerkships are not available for visiting students. All elective assignments are final. Dates must align with Weill Cornell Medical College's academic calendar as indicated in VSAS. No modification to dates are accepted.

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