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Visiting Student Information and Application

(Are you a student from outside the US? See the guidelines for international visiting students)  

The 2020 visiting student application cycle has been cancelled. After significant consideration, the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine will not be accepting visiting students for advanced clerkship rotations this year.

The University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine annually accepts applications from visiting fourth year medical students from LCME accredited schools.  (We cannot accept applications from D.O. students in Osteopathic programs)

After University of Iowa medical students have been accommodated, any remaining clerkship vacancies are open to visiting students. Third year medical students and students from schools not accredited by the LCME are not eligible. We cannot accept applications from Osteopathic Medicine students. 

Additional important information: Students interested in the following areas must use the link below to complete the department's application process and obtain department approval prior to submitting an application and fee to the Carver College of Medicine:

Visiting Student Policies

The 2020 application cycle has been cancelled. The application and available dates will be posted at that time.  All available clerkships and dates will be listed.  If a specific clerkship/department or date is not listed, it means those clerkships are full.  Inquiries about clerkship availability will not be answered. 

  • Only the courses listed in the elective catalog are eligible for enrollment.
  • Applications are processed at least 1 month prior to the clerkship start date.
  • We require four weeks minimum notice to add or drop an elective. When students violate this policy, their home school will be notified.
  • The $100 non-refundable application fee must be received before the application will be processed. Pay the non-refundable fee online here, after you have have submitted your application. (you may apply for multiple dates on one application, with one fee).
  • Living arrangements are the responsibility of the student.
  • All visiting students should be familiar with The Student Handbook, for important information on policies and procedures, as well as professional conduct.

Step 1: Complete the Visiting Student Elective Application

The application will be available here  (Requires Firefox or Explorer) Applications will be processed starting in late May and you will be notified at least 1 month in advance of the clerkship.

Block schedule dates are 4 weeks in length, and align with the CCOM calendar (off-cycle dates are not available).  2021 start dates:  7/6, 8/2, 8/30, 9/27.

View the PDF icon2020 visiting student course catalog.

Step 2: Your school will be notified via email to verify the following: Only if your school does not verify any of the following will you need to provide documentation. This includes immunization records.

Eligible applicants must:

  • Be a fourth year medical student, and have completed core clinical courses comparable to that of the Carver College of Medicine
  • Be from an Liaison Committee on Medical Education accredited school (applicants from osteopathic-D.O. schools will not be considered)
  • Have passed USMLE Step 1
  • Have health insurance
  • Have malpractice insurance with a $1 million per claim/$3 million aggregate minimum
  • Meet our health and immunization requirements
  • Have received HIPAA and universal precautions training
  • Have completed a background check