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 April 1, 2019

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. 

Visiting Student Policies

The 2019 application cycle will start April 1, 2019. 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 important information for applicants interested in: OrthopedicsEmergency Medicine, or Urology)

  • 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, with one fee). Please make check or money order payable to University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine.  The fee must be received before the application will be processed.
  • 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 after April 1st. (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).  2019 start dates:  7/8, 8/5, 9/2, 9/30.

View the 2019 PDF iconvisiting 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 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