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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The AAMC is not recommending restrictions for 2022 away rotations. This is in alignment with decisions by other organizations in the Coalition. Students may apply to and attend the away rotations that best support their continued learning and ability to interview and match at the residencies of their choice. The AAMC encourages medical students to follow the guidance of their medical school advisors and to familiarize themselves with the recommendations, if any, from their specialties of interest, as well as any restrictions or rules governing away rotations at a specific Host institution. 

International student mobility continues to be significantly impacted by COVID, and thus, is very limited. Students who attend institutions that participate in the VSLO Global Network can conduct an elective search to view opportunities they may apply to.

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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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