The VSLO program fosters a community of insitutions that have adopted common processes, policies, and practices to facilitate learning opportunities for students. The result has been learning opportunities for thousands of students who otherwise would have been unaware or unable to participate.
Since the program launched, the VSLO team has been working to help our institutions transition and to enhance the VSLO application service.
The VSLO program provides a range of benefits to participating institutions as detailed in the following table. It outlines the areas of current benefits and planned growth and was developed in collaboartion with our institutional partners.
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Institutions that join the AAMC Visiting Student Learning Opportunities program may post elective opportunities and enable their students to apply for elective opportunities posted by other participating institutions. Each participating institution is a member of one or both of the following networks:
The U.S. Network is open to U.S.-based institutions that are able to send their students to other U.S. medical schools and receive students from other U.S. medical schools.
The Global Network includes institutions that send or receive students to locations outside of the U.S. U.S.-based institutions are automatically part of the U.S. Network and can also choose to join the Global Network. All other institutions are automatically part of the Global Network.
VSLO Application Service
The VSLO program is powered by the VSLO Application Service, which is sometimes referred to as VSAS to provide continuity for institutions familiar with the legacy VSAS service. The VSLO Application Service is software accessible though aamc.org that provides critical program support to institutions and students.
Host institutions publish and manage elective offerings, select students, and, upon completion of the elective, submit an evaluation to the student’s home institution.
Home institutions review and release student applications, track progress, and, ultimately, determine whether to grant elective credit. The VSAS application service streamlines the application process for students and for home and host institutions.
Students establish a profile, search, and apply for electives.
Joining the VSLO Program
It's easy for qualified institutions to join the VSLO program. The first step is a conversation. Our staff looks forward to sharing information about the program and understanding your needs.
When you're ready to join, we'll email you a program application to complete and submit. It usually takes about 30 days to review and process applications once they are received.
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