Thomas Jefferson University

Clinical Electives Process

To apply for a clinical elective at Thomas Jefferson University, you must submit:

  1. Visiting Student Application
    1. Domestic: Available through VSAS
    2. International: for Students from International Medical Colleges
  2. Official Transcript
  3. Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  4. Proof of Health Insurance
  5. Evidence of Malpractice Insurance
  6. HIPAA Training Certificate
  7. BLS/ACLS Certificate
  8. USMLE Step 1 Test Results
  9. Proof of Mask/Respirator fit
Prior to beginning a rotation at Thomas Jefferson University, Human Resources will work with Visiting Students to complete the following:
  1. Pennsylvania Criminal Background Check
    (must be within one year of the start of your elective)
  2. Pennsylvania Child Abuse Clearance
    (must be within one year of the start of your elective)
  3. Immunization History
  4. Drug Screening

Domestic Medical Visiting Students

Students from U.S. Medical Colleges should apply using the Domestic Medical Student Application in VSAS.  We are unable to give updates as to the status of an application or the availability of space.

The application deadline is six weeks prior to the start of the block.

Once an offer of acceptance is made, students must confirm their attendance in 14 days or the offer is recinded.

Student interested in Pediatrics rotations at A.I. duPont Hospital for Children should send the application and their board scores to Applications will be accepted beginning MARCH 1.

The application form can be found at
(Please note that NICU rotations take place at Thomas Jefferson University and Christiana Care.)
Rotations will not be assigned until mid-May 2020 at the earliest.

International Medical Students

All students attending an international medical school, regardless of citizenship status, is considered an international medical student. International medical students will only be accepted from the following medical schools. 

  • West China University (China)
  • Universidad CES  (Colombia - Medellín)
  • KLE University India (India)
  • Ben-Gurion (Israel)
  • Technion Medical College (Israel)
  • Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel)
  • Cattolica Medical School in Rome (Universitá del Sacro Cuore) (Italy)
  • The University of Bologna (Italy)
  • The University of Minho (Portugal)
  • St. George's University of London (UK)

Application Deadline

International students must apply six (6) months prior to the start of the rotation.

Students interested in research or observerships must work directly with the clinical department of interest.

Available Electives
International visiting clerkships are not available in all the clinical departments.