Coronavirus (COVID-19) and The VSLO® Program

The AAMC continues to monitor guidance about the coronavirus from the CDC and WHO and we have processes in place to modify our operations during this rapidly changing situation. Below you will find answers and links to information that will help address your questions during this time.


Due to the impact of COVID-19, we issued a one-time refund to applicants who were accepted for an elective offer or who had an application in post-decision review for electives scheduled to begin in March, April, and May 2020

Beginning October 1, 2020, we opened an additional refund window for M3 or M4 students who had submitted an application between January 1 - April 15, 2020, for an elective rotation in 2020-2021. The refund window for these requests closed at 5 p.m. ET on November 30, 2020.

Institutions are offering an increasing number of virtual electives to meet the current need for alternative training models. Check out the full listing of these virtual opportunities, available on VSLO’s Find Electives page by typing “virtual” in the VSAS search bar.

Hosts have adjusted their catalogs to accurately reflect their offerings. The catalogs will offer you a more accurate picture of your rotation options. We encourage you to contact your home institution directly to discuss options for your participation in upcoming electives, in the U.S. and abroad.

At this time, we do not know what decisions will be made by participating institutions regarding clinical rotations. Please remain in contact with your home institution and refer to the AAMC Coronavirus Resources Hub for the latest updates.

We recognize that the timing of COVID-19 is particularly troubling for students and their need to secure clinical rotations. It is important you remain in direct communication with your home institution regarding your specific situation. Please refer to the updated ERAS timeline for the most current information.

The health and well-being of all program participants is the AAMC’s top priority. Contact your Host institution administrators to understand the local protocol for your situation. Additionally, you are encouraged to discuss the possibility of returning with both the Host administrators and your Home institution to ensure you are fully aware of your options.

Acceptance to the program is at the discretion of Host institutions. Please communicate with your Home institution about policies developed in response to The Coalition for Physician Accountability's Work Group Report.

We encourage you to contact your home institution directly to discuss options for your participation in upcoming electives, in the U.S. and abroad.

VSLO staff are regularly communicating with home and host institutions and monitoring the effect of the pandemic on visiting student mobility. Please check our website for any national program updates.  

Acceptance to an elective program is at the discretion of host institutions. Currently, Home and Host institutions are reviewing their program offerings and developing their policies regarding elective rotations. Please check with your Home institution about their elective policy regarding participation in upcoming electives in the U.S. and abroad.

Some host institutions charge processing fees or tuition fees outside of the VSLO service application fee. Please contact the host institution directly regarding the availability of a refund for those fees.