Visiting MD/DO Student Eligibility Requirements

Stanford students have scheduling priority for all available clerkships. Visiting students will be considered for elective clerkships during each quarter's application acceptance period.  Only one clerkship is available for visiting student participation at this time. Note that eligibility requirements are subject to change without notice. 

Eligibility is currently based on the following:

  1. The student must be in good academic standing and, at the time of the elective clerkship, will be registered in their 4th or final year in an MD or DO degree program at a school accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education or Education Department of the American Osteopathic Association.
  2. The student must be covered by malpractice/liability insurance at a minimum level of $1,000,000 primary/$3,000,000 aggregate by the home school. Supplemental insurance will be required if the minimum coverage is not met.
  3. The student must be covered by personal health insurance during the time they will be participating in the elective clerkship.
  4. The student has completed core clinical clerkships in MedicinePediatrics, and Surgery.
  5. The student has passed Step 1 of the United States Medical Licensing Examination or the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners certifying exam.
  6. The student has completed training for:
    1. Bloodborne Pathogens within the past 12 months
    2. Safety & Emergency Preparedness within the past 12 months 
    3. Has been certified for Basic Life Suport and/or Advanced Cardiac Life Support within the past 2 years
  7. The student has passed a criminal background check within the past 2 years.
  8. The student has passed a Respiratory Mask Fit Test/Certification within 12 months from the time they will be participating in the elective clerkship (for Autumn Quarter, no older than December 2021; for Winter Quarter, no older than May 2022). The test includes a measurement for mask size. Stanford University Hospital and Clinics stock 3M 1860 or 1860S type N95 disposable respirators.
  9. Proof of required immunizations and/or tests for medical clearance
    1. MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella): 2 doses of live vaccines or laboratory evidence of immunity
    2. Varicella: 2 doses of live vaccines or laboratory evidence of immunity
    3. Hepatitis B: 3 doses of vaccine, or laboratory evidence of immunity from vaccination (Hepatitis Surface Antibody), or laboratory evidence of natural immunity (have had past hepatitis B infection).* This must include results for Hepatitis Surface Antibody, Hepatitis B Core Antibody and Hepatitis B Surface Antigen.
      • *Equivocal antibody titers are not considered sufficient to protect from infection. Complete vaccine series must be administered as recommended by the CDC-ACIP.
    4. Tdap (Tetanus+Diptheria+Pertussis): Tdap booster (booster without Pertussis is not compliant), must be within past 10 years from the last day of the quarter, regardless of last vaccine
    5. Flu vaccine: Required seasonally October thru March (flu shot for 2022-2023 season)
    6. Tuberculin status:
      1. TB testing completed within 6 months prior to start of clerkship, with laboratory evidence of negative QuantiFERON Gold or T-spot blood test.  PPD is not acceptable.
      2. If history of a positive TB skin or blood test, a chest x-ray completed within 6 months of start of clerkship accompanied by positive TB test results.
      3. For Autumn Quarter, no older than 6 months from the first day of the clerkship:
        1. Period 4 - Sep 19, 2022 (test after Mar 19, 2022)
        2. Period 5 - Oct 17, 2022 (test after Apr 5, 2022)
        3. Period 6 - Nov 14, 2022 (test after May 14, 2022)
      4. For Winter Quarter, no older than 6 months from the first day of the clerkship: 
        1. Period 7 - Jan 9, 2023 (test after Jul 9, 2022)
        2. Period 8 - Feb 6, 2023 (test after Aug 6, 2022)
        3. Period 9 - Mar 6, 2023 (test after Sep 6, 2022)
    7. Completion of COVID-19 vaccination plus a booster
  10. If the student will be participating in a clerkship that takes place at a Veterans Administration (VA) hospital site, the student will be required to comply with the following requirements set by the VA:
    1. Evidence or self-certification that they are physically and mentally fit to perform the essential functions of the training program; 
    2. Evidence or self-certification of up-to-date vaccinations for healthcare workers as recommended by Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and VA
    3. Evidence of tuberculosis screening and testing per CDC health care personnel guidelines
    4. Identification documents to meet VA security requirements
    5. Results of screening against the Health and Human Services’ List of Excluded Individuals and Entities (LEIE)
    6. Trainees who were born male and who are US citizens, immigrants to the US, or are otherwise required by law to register, have registered with the Selective Service System
    7. Trainees who are non-US citizens:  
      1. Have current immigrant, non-immigrant, exchange visitor or other documentation stating that they are eligible to live and work in the US
        1. Appropriate documents can be provided and could include permanent resident card, employment authorization document Form I-766, visas: J-1, J‑2, H-1B, H-4, E-3, or DS-2019
      2. Have been issued a US social security number
  11. Payment must be received for the non-refundable $200 application fee. Instructions for paying the fee will be sent via email from visiting-MD-students@stanford.edu at the time visiting students are being scheduled, separate from the application form submission.