VSLO® Program Updates

We are committed to providing regular VSLO program updates through the VSLO listserve, email and on this page. Please visit this page regularly to learn what’s happening with the VSLO program. If you have questions, please contact the VSLO team at: visitingstudents@aamc.org.

Message from The VSLO Team

The VSLO Team recently wrapped up a successful third annual virtual global network meeting co-hosted with Weill Cornell Medicine – Qatar with over 500 participants from around the world. Demonstrating the AAMC’s support for global medical education, AAMC President and CEO David Skorton, MD, Chief Medical Education Officer Alison Whelan, MD, and Chief Services Officer Gabrielle Campbell all spoke at the event. This all-day virtual conference covered regional, national, and international innovations and educational responses to the new teaching and learning environment impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic as we look ahead to future global health care trends. 

As we move into the new year, we are thankful for all the educators, health care workers, and community leaders who continue their tireless work to make our world a safer and healthier place. 

Thank you and stay safe.

The VSLO Team 


VSLO Technical Guidance

Host Institution: Updating Your Information in VSAS 

If your institutional policies regarding visiting students have changed due to COVID-19, you must update your institution information in VSAS. Please take a moment to do the following:

  • Update your institution information to reflect revised institutional policies related to COVID-19. 
  • Update your institution’s upcoming important dates.
  • Update elective information.

Host Institutions: Preparing Your Upcoming Elective Catalogs in VSAS 

As we are entering a new year with a pandemic, many host institutions are preparing their elective offerings, whether they be virtual or in-person for the upcoming year. 

Host institutions can now indicate the Instruction Type of electives in VSAS as an in-person or virtual experience. Students will be able to find virtual opportunities to help support their clinical learning experience in the upcoming academic year. 

You can view these job aids on how to create a catalog and create requirements

Please only post elective offerings that include educational objectives intended to advance students' learning experiences. 

You can always refer to our VSLO Training page for other helpful resources. 

Home Institutions: Sharing Your Away Rotation Guidance with Your Students

As we are approaching this uncertain application season, and many of you are having internal institutional discussions about how you will approach the 2021 visiting student application season, we recommend sharing your away rotation guidance with your students as early as possible. 

VSLO Program Updates

Changes in Application Fees 

Effective January 1, 2021, the VSLO program will be charging a flat fee of $15 per application. Application fees are per elective regardless of requested dates for that elective. 

Preparing for the Uncertain Application Season Ahead  

We recognize the significant strain being placed on decision-makers within our academic medical community as you strive to maintain the quality of training programs while still addressing local community health and safety needs. 

Working with our Coalition for Physician Accountability and AAMC colleagues, we are currently collecting and evaluating away-rotation information and data to assess how the pandemic has impacted access to and quality of clinical training opportunities this year. While many of the issues we faced nine months ago remain, there are hopeful developments (such as vaccine distribution and prioritization) that will impact the months ahead. 

We will continue to actively participate in Coalition discussions and share any new recommendations that impact the elective rotation decisions of our institutions and students into 2021. We will also continue to review and share any AAMC data that may help you guide students during this uncertain time.

Until any new recommendations are available, please refer to the existing Coalition recommendations that were released on May 12, 2020

AAMC Immunization Form 2020 

We are excited to announce that after gathering feedback from the visiting student community, the AAMC has prepared an updated AAMC Immunization Form 2020. This AAMC immunization form is intended to follow in accordance with the CDC’s guidelines. Given the uncertain times ahead, our intent is to ensure that this form is adaptable and responsive to the needs of the community. 


AAMC Immunization Form 
Immunization Form FAQs  

New Web Pages for Institutions

The VSLO program has reorganized and redesigned our institutional website pages to provider quicker access to the application service and VSLO resources. You can view the changes on our new landing page that links from the main AAMC website. Hospitals, international medical schools, and other institutions interested in participating in the VSLO program can also find information about the program’s benefits and enrollment process.  

AAMC Resources for Medical Educators

Current Guidance and Recommendations

Guidance on Medical Students’ Participation in Direct In-person Patient Contact Activities (8/14/2020)
Medical Student Documentation During the Public Health Emergency: CMS Rules (6/1/2020)
AAMC Considerations for Students Volunteering Beyond their Medical School’s Purview (4/3/2020)


Guiding Principles for Medical Schools with LCME Accreditation Visits in AY 2021-22 (12/4/2020)
LCME Approaches to the Clinical Curriculum (3/20/2020)

Coalition for Physician Accountability  

Recommendations for Away Rotations and Interviews for Fellowship Applicants in 2020-2021 (5/12/2020)
Final Report and Recommendations on Learner Transitions from Medical Schools to Residency Programs in 2020 (5/12/2020)

Additional Resources

Clinical Teaching and Learning Experiences Without Physical Patient Contact
An AAMC-sponsored collection of teaching and learning resources for learners without direct physical patient contact.

Considerations for Students in the Clinical Learning Environment During COVID-19
A list of things to consider when students are participating in the clinical learning environment during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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