Office of International Affairs (OIA)
Participating in Electives/Rotations/Clerkships at Jefferson
For Current Medical Students
If you are currently a medical student at a non-U.S. medical university, and you are interested in participating in an elective or rotation at Jefferson, please contact the registrars office:
Telephone: (215) 503-8734
The International Office DOES NOT place students in electives, rotations or clerkships. You must contact the registrars office to apply.
If you are accepted for an elective or clerkship at Jefferson, you can apply for the B-1 visa at your nearest U.S. consulate. According to the Department of State, the B-1 visa status has a specific provision for medical students who are interested in participating in clerkships at U.S. institutions. You may print this page and bring it with you to the consulate, should you have any problems applying for the B-1 visa. Jefferson does not issue the F-1 or J-1 documents for medical electives or clerkships.
9.2.4 - Some special uses of the B-1 classification
220.127.116.11 - Medical students and physicians
18.104.22.168.1 - Certain medical clerkships
The FAM recognizes the use of the B-1 category for students pursuing a medical degree at a foreign institution, who are coming to the United States to engage in a required clerkship (unpaid). The use of the B-1 for this purpose is limited to medical students, and does not extend to alien physicians who have already completed medical school.
Practice Note: The "medical clerkship" use of the B-1 is reserved for medical students. Students who have already graduated are not eligible to use the B-1 in this way. For example, foreign medical graduates might seek an externship to gain clinical experience in order to increase the likelihood of securing a medical residency in the United States. But if the individual has already graduated from his or her medical school abroad, he or she cannot use the B-1 for this purpose, since it does not constitute "an approved part of the alien's foreign medical school education."