Visiting Student Information and Application

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

The University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine accepts applications from visiting fourth year medical students from LCME accredited schools starting May 1. We cannot accept applications from Osteopathic Medicine students. Applications will be processed starting June 1.

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.

Visiting Student Policies

The 2018 application cycle will start May 1, 2018. 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.  (Additional information for applicants interested in Orthopaedics is available here).

  • 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 should be sent to Marcia Hopp, CCOM Office of Student Affairs & Curriculum, The University of Iowa, 1216 MERF, Iowa City, IA 52242 (you may apply for multiple dates on one application). Please make check or money order payable to University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine.
  • Living arrangements are the responsibility of the student.

Step 1: Complete the Visiting Student Elective Application

The application is available here.  (Requires Firefox or Explorer) Applications will be processed starting June 1 and you will be notified at least 1 month in advance of the clerkship.The course catalog can be viewed PDF iconhere.


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
  • 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