Coronavirus (COVID-19) and The VSLO® Program

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The AAMC continues to monitor guidance about the coronavirus from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) and we have processes in place to modify our operations during this rapidly changing situation. Below you will find answers to frequently asked questions and links to information and resources.

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No. When the Coalition work group’s recommendations were released in April 2021, the situation with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic was very different than what exists currently. Since that time, learners have returned to the clinical environment with support from administrators, faculty, and staff, and are utilizing safety protocols to protect themselves as well as patients. While there remains uncertainty about the direction, impact, and duration of the COVID-19 pandemic, a return to a regular cycle for 2022 away rotations is anticipated. Medical schools, sponsoring institutions, and residency programs are encouraged to continue to monitor and consider their local conditions when establishing their guidelines for mobility. 

VSLO does not provide refunds for use of its application service. However, due to the continued impact of COVID-19 on rotation opportunities, one-time refunds of up to $45 will be considered only for students who accept rotations in calendar year 2021 that they are unable to complete due to cancellation of the elective for COVID-19 related reasons. A refund request form will be available in late summer. Review of refund requests will begin in December 2021.

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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.

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.  

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