Visiting Student Learning Opportunities

The AAMC Visiting Student Learning Opportunities™ (VSLO™) program is designed for medical and public health students to pursue short-term learning opportunities in locations away from their home institutions. VSLO streamlines the application process for both students and institutions.

Learning Opportunities During Medical School

Medical students have a wide array of diverse opportunities to support their medical education. These opportunities vary from observerships, summer research programs, opportunities in the clinical settings and away rotations, away electives, clinical rotations, or visiting opportunities.

Offered by participating host institutions, the opportunities are available in teaching hospitals, community clinics, and urban or rural sites and are open to preclinical, clinical, or final-year students, as determined by the host institution.

The AAMC Visiting Student Learning Opportunities (VSLO) merged two existing visiting student programs: the Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS®) program that focused exclusively on U.S. domestic away electives and the GHLO® program that facilitated international mobility into the United States, from the United States to electives abroad, and from one non-U.S. location to another.

Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS®)

The program’s centerpiece is its Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS®). The VSAS application service provides a pathway by which qualified students may browse and apply to preclinical, clinical, public health, and research opportunities at a host institution.

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For Students

Visiting opportunities can provide exposure to new educational experiences and a chance to explore residency opportunities. The VSLO program streamlines the application process for medical and public health students. 
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For Institutions

Visiting opportunities can provide exposure to new educational experiences and a chance to explore residency opportunities. The VSLO program streamlines the application process for medical and public health students. 
 

 

Additional Opportunities for Medical Students

The summer between your first and second year is a valuable time to explore specialties or bolster your research experience in a specialty you’re already considering. Then, carve out some time during your second year to participate in specialty interest groups and physician panels organized by your school.

The Extramural Electives Compendium (EEC) is a searchable database containing information about the scheduling of elective opportunities at AAMC-member medical schools in the United States.

Looking for ways to enrich your medical school experience? Search for fellowships, internships, summer programs, scholarships, and grants currently available in the United States and abroad.

Many medical schools and graduate schools offer courses related to public health or population health, but students may want additional training or experiences to enhance their ability to address the health needs of populations as well as individuals. 

The application service will be available for students on Jan. 22, 2018.

Search for Electives

Browse our catalog of away electives at participating host institutions by location, keywords, specialty, and more.

Find Participating Host Institutions

Find a complete listing of participating host institutions. 

Find Participating Home Institutions

Find a complete listing of all participating home institutions. 

VSLO Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions about VSLO? Check out these frequently asked about topics. 

Research and Training Opportunities

Looking for ways to enrich your medical school experience? Check out our directories of clinical, research, and public health opportunities.

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