Admission Requirements

Please Note: There are no exceptions to these requirements

Approved International Visiting Students will have the opportunity to participate in a maximum of two electives for a maximum of eight weeks.

Note: Submitting your online application is no guarantee that you will be scheduled in your elective. Incomplete online applications would not be reviewed.

  1. Official Letter of Support, printed on your school's letterhead stating that you are in good standing. Official documents must be original documents bearing the institutional seal and official signature of the Registrar. This letter should include verification that student is in final year of medical school and has satisfied core clinical clerkships of Medicine, Pediatrics, and Surgery. Additionally, complete and attach a signed International Visiting Student Dean’s Statement Form bearing the official school stamp and submit with your Letter of Support
  2. Official Transcript from your school. The student must be in their final year of medical school for the period in which they are applying to (Transcript must show completion of core clerkship in Medicine, Pediatrics, and Surgery)
  3. A Curriculum Vitae
  4. A Criminal Background Check (CBC). (Stanford Medicine requires CBC for all applicants to the IVS program). The IVS has contracted with Certiphi Screening to perform the CBC for applicants. Please access the instructions here. Please note that in the performance of the CBC, you will be required to provide specific information to Certiphi Screening to conduct the service. Certiphi Screening will apply a payment of up to $150 US Dollars on the Credit Card you provide them. Upon completion of their service, Certiphi Screening will refund any amounts not used for your background check back to your Credit Card. Please note: You can submit your online application whilst awaiting your CBC from Certiphi Screening
  5. The student has passed the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam with a score of at least 100; or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a score of at least 7; or an official letter from the Dean of your school confirming your English language proficiency. (At the discretion of Stanford Medicine, a telephone or videoconferencing interview may be required prior to application review)
  6. Letters of Recommendation (LoR) from faculty members who have directly observed the student’s clinical skills and abilities from an in-patient setting. LoR must be on official school letterhead

Optional Documents

  1. The student has passed Step 1 of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) or the Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX Level 1)
  2. The student has passed the International Foundations of Medicine BSE (IFOM BSE) exam
  3. Personal Statement of Intent, succinctly detail your motivations and goal objectives

Additional Required Documents

These documents are required after applicants have received notification that they have been scheduled in the clinical rotation.

  1. Must show proof of required immunizations: (include lab reports - a photocopy of lab results confirming immunization compliance) VadenImmunizationForm; TB Clearance Instructions
    1. Positive rubella titer or evidence of 2 MMR vaccines;
    2. Positive mumps titer or evidence of 2 MMR vaccines
    3. Positive measles titer or evidence of 2 MMR vaccines
    4. Positive Varicella (Chicken Pox) titer or evidence of 2 Varicella vaccines given 4 to 8 weeks apart
    5. Positive Hepatitis B titer or evidence of 3 Hepatitis B Vaccines
    6. Tdap vaccine (Tetanus+Diptheria+Whooping Cough)
    7. Flu vaccine
    8. Tuberculin status:
      1. Persons with a history of a negative PPD must provide documentation of a PPD test within the past 6 months
      2. Quantiferon test
      3. Persons with a history of a positive PPD must provide documentation of a recent chest x-ray and a review of symptoms within the past 6 months. If chest x-ray is abnormal, clinician clearance must be provided
  2. Respiratory Mask Fit Certification. Per the MD Handbook, section 3.26, “All medical students participating in clinical activities are required to be fit for an N95 filtering facepiece mask on an annual basis.” Upon admission to the program, students must complete and submit documentation of medical evaluation / clearance, respiratory protection training, and fit testing to obtain specifically N95 respirator use approval. For questions contact the program coordinator or SU Occupational Health Center
  3. Professional Liability and Malpractice Insurance. The student is covered by professional liability and malpractice insurance at a level of at least $1,000,000 primary/$3,000,000 aggregate (Student is required to provide Certificate of coverage indicating provided limits and effective dates of coverage, and document must be in effect for the period of requested elective)
  4. Must show proof of Health Care Insurance coverage. Here is a list of companies that have provided coverage for students in the past. Please note that Stanford Medicine is not affiliated with these companies:
    1. PSI Insurance
    2. ISO Insurance
    3. Advent Syndicate 780 at Lloyd's
    4. Compass Student Health
    5. Tokio Marine
    6. Hanse Merkur

Acknowledge Information

  1. Student must secure their own valid VISA
  2. Student must secure their own housing
  3. Student would be required to take the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) training

Helpful Information

  1. To participate in the International Visiting Student program, you must be officially registered at your home school. Visiting students are not enrolled as students at Stanford University
  2. All submitted materials become the property of Stanford Medicine Office of the Registrar
  3. If you hold an MD degree or its equivalent, you are not eligible to apply
  4. All submitted documents MUST be in English or accompanied by an English translation that is a literal and complete version of the original document

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