Preparing for an Away Rotation/Clerkship

Stanford MD Program students may choose to apply to participate in an elective or selective away rotation/clerkship at another accredited school.  The following information is provided to help students prepare for applying and attending an away rotation.

  • Please consult the MD Program Handbook's section 4.11 "Completing Clerkships at Other Institutions" before completing visiting student application forms.
  • Review the away institution's visiting student information for application deadline dates and details on how they process applications.
  • For AAMC Visiting Student Learning Opportunities (VSLO) institutions, search elective opportunities and check the host institution summary in VSLO for deadlines and application details.  Use the SoM Registrar's Office Request Form to request access to the VSLO application service for participating schools or to request other documents in support of your away rotation application(s).
  • Use the away rotation information below to prepare for applying and for obtaining needed approvals.


If you have any questions about the away rotation/clerkship process, please email