Thomas Jefferson University

Clinical Electives Course Guide

NOTICE: As February 1, 2021 International Visiting Students are limited by the current travel policies of the State of Pennsylvania and the City of Philadelphia, as well as from countries listed as a CDC Level 3 COVID-19 threat risk (or higher). All other policies regarding International Visiting Students are still in effect.

Domestic Visiting Medical students: SKMC has adopted the recommendations from the Coalition for Physician Accountability for the 2021-2022 Clinical  Year. 

  • We will not accept Visiting Students for rotations prior to an August 1st start. We may adjust the date based on conditions at the time.
  • Our application will open on April 15 in VSAS, learners may begin applying for and scheduling in-person away rotations with a start date of August 1, 2021, or later.
  • We will send acceptances prior to May 1.
  • Visiting Students will be limited to 1 rotation away rotations in any specialty. Home institutions should verify learners have not completed or been accepted to other away rotations opportunities.
  • Some departments may offer Virtual electives.  These are for credit and are full online courses. Those courses will be available for application through VSAS.

For the most recent CDC COVID-19 information, please visit the

CDC's Coronavirus web site

Thank you for your interest in taking an elective at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University. We accept students in their final year of training from both LCME approved schools (U.S. and Canadian medical schools) and international medical colleges that Sidney Kimmel Medical College has a formal affiliation with. Exceptions will not be made.

Domestic Students: Application materials must be submitted via VSAS for all for rotations starting April 2020.  

International Students: The application is available for download on our website and must be emailed to the address below.  Note: students at International Medical Schools cannot apply through VSAS:  

2021-2022 Course Guide (coming March 2021)
Elective Dates and available clinical courses are available in the 2020-2021 Visting Student Clinical Course Guide. Students must adhere to the time periods set by Thomas Jefferson University.

If you have any questions about clinical electives at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, please email