Visiting Student Learning Opportunities

The AAMC Visiting Student Learning Opportunities™ (VSLO®) program enables medical and public health students to pursue short-term learning opportunities in locations away from their Home institutions. Program participants include medical and public health students and institutions in the U.S. and around the globe.

Learning Opportunities For Medical Students

The VSLO program helps medical and public health students connect with institutions offering short-term elective opportunities that can enhance their medical education. These elective opportunities include observerships, summer research programs, clinical opportunities, away rotations, away electives, clinical rotations and visiting opportunities.

Offered by participating host institutions in the U.S. and around the world, elective 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.


For Students

The VSLO program facilitates educational experiences to help you explore residency options and shape your medical career all while streamlining the application process. 

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For Institutions

The VSLO program supports institutions as they manage away opportunities for incoming visiting students and/or for their own students pursuing electives.

The VSLO program includes:

  • The VSLO Application Service (sometimes referred to as VSAS), which enables students to browse and apply to electives offered by host institutions.
  • A collaborative network of US and international institutions.
  • Telephone and email support to students and institutions.

Additional Opportunities for Medical Students

In addition to the educational opportunities available through the VSLO program, the AAMC encourages students to consider other opportunities as well.

Summer Makeup Courses

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.

Clinical and Research Opportunities Database

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.

Public Health Pathways for Medical Students

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.

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 Program Coronavirus FAQS

Please visit the VSLO Program Coronavirus FAQs to learn about program changes that may affect you.

Q&A: New VSLO Features

We’ve heard your feedback and have developed new features, which are now available in the VSLO/VSAS Application Service! Thank you for your contributions as we work to further enhance the visiting student experience.

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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