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Frequently Asked Questions

Rotations begin at the end April.  Please see the Visiting Student Clinical Rotation guide for exact dates.  The duration of an elective at Sidney Kimmel Medical College is 4 weeks, we do not offer two week rotations.  Students must adhere to the dates of the academic calendar.

The earliest that a student may apply is February 1st, when the application becomes available.  Please note that the application will not be forwarded to the department until March, after the clinical scheduling of currently enrolled students takes place. 

Yes, you are eligible to apply for more than one rotation.  Due to the fact that slots fill fairly quickly, very few students are enrolled for more than one elective. 

The current passing score of the Step 1 Exam is 194.  The USMLE site has information about passing scores for their exams. 

We do not offer a waiver in place of the USMLE Step 1 Exam.  Exams from other countries are not accepted in its place. 

The number of students that apply varies from year to year.  The number of students accepted is based on availability. 

Yes, however electives are based on availability and we can not guarantee that certain dates/specialties will be available. 

Please send an email to to cancel the elective.  Please be sure to include the department, course, and elective dates. 

No, we do not offer deferments.

There are no fees for domestic students.

The current application fee for international students is $75 and the course enrollment fee is $750 per four-week elective. Course fees are waived for students in approved programs.  Fees are subject to change.

Please review the requirements as indicated within your elective application and contact your insurance provider within your designated country.  Please note that the insurance purchased must correspond with the dates on the elective application if accepted.

Students must send in a completed application (including all application parts) at least 6 weeks prior to the start of the block. Only completed applications will be forwarded to the department to review. Incomplete applications will be discarded once the 6 week deadline has past.

For departments requiring pre-approval (General Surgery, Neuro-Surgery, Rehabilitation Medicine), spots will be held a maximum of 2 weeks pending receipt of completed application.

Once students receive an offer of acceptance for a visiting student rotation, students must accept their offer within 14 days before the offer is recinded.

Having had communication with a faculty member does not guarantee acceptance for an elective. All application processing initiates with the Visiting Student Coordinator in the Registrar's Office and offers of acceptance can only be extended by the Office of the Registrar in conjunction with the course director after a completed application is received.

Once application review has opened for the year, the Visiting Student Coordinator will notify you by email regarding the following:

  • if your application is missing any documents or has any errors,
  • once your application is complete and has been sent for departmental review, and

  • once your application is accepted or denied

A determination cannot be made until your completed application is received. Acceptance of your application for an elective is made jointly between the Office of the Registrar and the course director in the department in which the elective takes place.