The catalog for 2021-2022 will open on April 15, 2021 for dates starting June 21 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).

Visiting students who request a rotation are not guaranteed a rotation and rotations are subject to change based on the current state of the pandemic.

  • There will be no visiting student rotations available in Women’s Health (OB/GYN).
  • There are extremely limited student rotations available in Pediatrics.

Visiting students who are approved will need to provide documentation that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (i.e. have received an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine or vaccine series) at least 2 weeks prior to beginning the rotation.

Available Rotations for Visiting Students

  • Nephrology
  • Neurology Consults
  • Neurology Outpatient Clinic
  • Neurosurgery
  • Pediatric Neurology
  • Dermatology Research
  • Obesity Medicine
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Otolaryngology
  • Pediatric Cardiology
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Diagnostic Radiology
  • Urology

All Other Visiting Students

For clinical “shadowing” opportunities, WFSM recommends allowing students from our Wake Forest School of Medicine degree programs to participate in shadowing opportunities, effective immediately, if an identified supervising provider agrees to accept the student.  The presence of the student must not result in a decrease in the number of learners a given department/program determined they could support during the academic year. “External” students (e.g., undergraduate students [except if a current WFBH employee], high school students) cannot be accommodated to participate in shadowing experiences at this time.  

With respect to WFSM program students who might be applying for rotations at another institution, the program should consider the needs of their own students with respect to graduation requirements and understand the requirements and protocols in place at the potential receiving institution.

Note about Research Opportunities at Wake Forest School of Medicine

Students undertaking research activities, which will resume no earlier than August 1, 2021, must adhere to all policies and procedures of the School of Medicine and to the guidelines set forth by departments and specific laboratories. Students should connect with faculty advisors as appropriate to maintain or initiate any student research activity. Sponsoring faculty are responsible for safety of any students undertaking activities. Wake Forest University College students must also adhere to WFU’s “Protocol for the Safe Return of Undergraduates to Mentored Research and Scholarship Activities of Wake Forest Faculty” for your reference. Students eligible for vaccination should schedule appropriate vaccinations unless they have received an eligible waiver.

Process for Accepting Applications

  • Visiting PA student applications will be coordinated through Wake Forest School of Medicine’s Centralized Learner Deployment Office (PA Visiting Students to WFSM) and will open August 2021.   Please contact CentralizedLearnerDeployment@wakehealth.edu with questions.  
  • Visiting CRNA student applications flow through Contingent Workforce.  Cliff Gonzales, PhD, in coordination with Comprehensive Learner Management, will be their contact.