Applications for the 2020-2021 academic year are closed. As of September 17, 2020, Wake Forest School of Medicine will not be accepting visiting students on-site until July 1, 2021 with no exceptions. The catalog for 2021-2022 will open in the spring for dates starting July 1, 2021 and later. Please keep in mind that the situation is fluid and can change.

The Visiting Medical Student Program at Wake Forest School of Medicine provides an enriching opportunity for both the school and the applicant.

To attend an elective rotation at the School of Medicine, you must be actively pursuing a Doctor of Medicine degree and in good academic standing at your home school. Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine students are also welcome to apply, and must do so through Visiting Student Learning Opportunities (VSLO).

Available Rotations for Visiting Students

  • Pediatric Neurology
  • Neurosonology 
  • Neuroradiology
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Otolaryngology
  • Clinical and Forensic Pathology/Autopsy
  • Pediatric Nephrology
  • Genetics
  • Pediatric Gastroenterology
  • Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Diagnostic Radiology
  • Urology

Elective Availability

You may review electives offered by accessing the fourth-year course catalog in VSAS. Please note that there is limited availability for each elective offered.

Application Information

If you’d like to be considered in the Visiting Student Program, you must submit a complete application through VSAS. This applies to both MD and DO students.

Affiliation Agreement

The School of Medicine requires an approved affiliation agreement with your home institution to allow for participation in the Visiting Student Program. The approved agreement must be in place no later than 14 days before the start date of your rotation.

All requests to establish affiliation agreements must be submitted by an appropriate home school representative only, via email to

The request should include:

  • Official name of the institution or school of medicine
  • Location of institution or school of medicine
  • Type of program (i.e., MD, DO)
  • Length of program
  • Compelling educational reason to establish agreement
  • Home representative or institution contact information

Application Requirements

All students who apply to the Visiting Student Program must upload the following information to their VSAS application before it will be reviewed:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Academic transcript
  • Photo
  • Copy of Professional Liability Certificate of Coverage or statement from home school on letterhead indicating coverage limits and dates of coverage (minimum of $1 million per instance, and $3 million in total).

Some programs may require the submission of additional requirements which includes:

  • Two letters of recommendation from a faculty member with whom the student has worked in an inpatient setting (two outpatient letters are acceptable for those students applying to a research elective). The letter should address the clinical skills and abilities of the student. 
  • Statement of education goals for elective experience at the School of Medicine. This should specify your objectives for the elective experience.
  • Copy of passing scores from the Step 1 – USMLE (copy of NBME results) or COMLEX for osteopathic medical students.

There will be additional requirements when you accept an elective rotation. More information will be provided at that time by email.

Wake Forest School of Medicine and Wake Forest Baptist Health are considering applications for limited opportunities for visiting MD and DO students to complete rotations within the health system during the 2020-2021 academic year.
Please note that all rotations are now scheduled for 3-week rotations.
Students must be aware of the following requirements that impact the consideration of their application for a rotation:

  • The student must be from an MD or DO school in the state of North Carolina only.
  • The student must be able to provide documentation from their school that they meet one or both of the following criteria:
  • The student has a specialty interest and does not have access to a clinical experience with a residency program in that specialty in their school's system. 
  • The student is seeking a rotation in a specialty that is required for graduation or accreditation requirements that cannot be met in their school's system. 
  • The student must attest to having been physically present in the state of North Carolina for the 14-day period immediately preceding the start date of the WFSM rotation to which they are applying.
  • Accepted students may be displaced and their rotation canceled if the health system has a storage of PPE, a surge in COVID patients which impacts services within the health system, and/or other unforeseen conditions.

School of Medicine Elective Dates

Our catalog becomes visible on March 2nd with the ability to apply to electives starting on March 16th and running until May 31st. All approved visiting students must adhere to the School of Medicine Year 4 rotation schedule start dates with the exception of surgery subspecialty clerkships who are part of a flexible start date program. Reach out to the respective clerkship coordinators for more information.

Block Start Date End Date
5 7/13/2020 8/9/2020
6 8/10/2020 9/6/2020
7 9/8/2020 10/4/2020
8 10/5/2020 11/1/2020
9 11/2/2020 12/6/2020
10 12/7/2020 1/17/2021
11 1/19/2021 2/14/2021
12 2/22/2021 3/18/2021
13 3/22/2021 4/18/2021

Scholarships and Grants

The Scholarship Clerkship Program for Visiting Medical Students is administered by the School of Medicine’s Office of Student Inclusion and Diversity.

This program is designed to promote diversity in the residency programs at the School of Medicine and annually offers scholarship assistance to visiting fourth-year medical students rotating in:

  • Anesthesiology
  • Emergency medicine
  • Family and community medicine
  • General surgery
  • Plastic surgery
  • Pediatrics
  • Neurosurgery
  • Dermatology
  • Neurology
  • Otolaryngology
  • Psychiatry
  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Urology
  • Nephrology
  • Radiology

Download the Scholarship Clerkship Application


International Students

International students are welcome to participate in an elective rotation at the School of Medicine. Email Lynn Snyder, program coordinator for global health, at for more information. Application information is available upon request.

Badge Buddy Program

We provide badge buddies to all students, which include helpful contact information you may need while you are here as a student.

The badge buddies share our Student Affairs motto and information on how to report mistreatment or learning environment issues, although we are confident you will enjoy your time here!

WFSM LE Badge Buddy