IVS Admission Requirements

Please Note: There are no exceptions to the IVS Admission Requirements

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

  • Submitting your online application is not a guarantee that you will be pre-approved by the Clerkship to rotate
  • Upon application review, being granted a pre-approval from the Clerkship is not a guarantee that there will be rotation spots available to be assigned to you by Clerkship Administration
  • Incomplete online applications would not be reviewed

Required Documents

  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: 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. Curriculum Vitae: A summary of your qualification and experience
  4. 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 CBC instructions here. Note that in the performance of the CBC, you will be required to provide specific information to Certiphi Screening to initiate and complete the CBC service. The CBC version used is the Students Edition, which means, you the student will provide all the investigative requirements to Certiphi Screening to conduct the CBC. Certiphi Screening will apply an initial payment of up to $150 US Dollars on the credit card you provide them to begin the CBC process. Upon completion of their service, Certiphi Screening will refund any amounts not used for your CBC back to your credit card. Please note: You can submit your online application for Clerkship rotation whilst awaiting your CBC from Certiphi Screening. Additionally, completion of the CBC is dependent on the length of time the resources are obtained by you from your country of origin. International Police Clearance may have longer turnaround times
  5. TOEFL/IELTS: 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: At least two (2) Letters of Recommendation (LoR) must be received with your application submission. These recommendations should be from faculty members who have directly observed your clinical skills and abilities from an in-patient setting. LoR must be on official school letterhead

Optional Documents

Below are optional documents which the student may choose to submit as part of their online application.

  1. Personal Statement of Intent, succinctly detail your motivations and goal objectives (highly recommended)
  2. The student may choose to submit Step 1 of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) if they have taken this examination, as part of their online application. (Elective clerkship which requires the Step 1 will be noted in the IVS Clerkship Description)
  3. The student may choose to submit the International Foundations of Medicine BSE (IFOM BSE) if they have taken this examination, as part of their online application

Additional Required Documents

These documents are required ONLY after the applicant has received notification that they have been scheduled in the clinical rotation. You do not have to submit these particular documents as part of your initial online application. Expiration dates on some immunizations may apply.

  1. Must show proof of required Immunizations: (include lab reports - a photocopy of lab results confirming immunization compliance). Use this form VadenImmunizationForm to provide immunization information. For #h "Tuberculin status" below, access detailed instructions here on the 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 (required during official US Flu season)
    8. Tuberculin status: (Specific tests required, specific time limit applies, and specific location of where X-Rays are performed applies). Access the detailed TB Clearance Instructions  
  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 1) medical evaluation / clearance, 2) respiratory protection training, and 3) fit testing to obtain specifically N95 respirator use approval. For questions, contact the program coordinator balian@stanford.edu or Stanford University 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). Below is a sample list of Professional Insurance Companies other international students have used in the past. Please note that some of these may be specific to the students’ home school. Also note that Stanford Medicine is not affiliated with these companies. This list is provided for your information and a way to get you started. You can use any company of your choosing.
    1. Academic Medical Professionals Insurance Risk Retention Group, LLC
    2. Marsh
    3. MDU Services Limited
    4. Willis Towers Watson Insurance
  4. Must show proof of Health Care Insurance coverage. Stanford holds the health of the student in high regards. Provided below is a snapshot of a list of companies that have provided coverage for IVS students in the past. This list is provided for your information only, and a way to get you started. You can use any company of your choosing. 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

                Additionally, here is a resource from CFAOS to Understanding Health Insurance for students

Acknowledge Information

  1. Student must secure their own valid VISA for entry into the US
  2. Student must secure their own housing
  3. Student would be required to take the Stanford University 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

Please direct any questions to balian@stanford.edu