Fourth-year students from U.S. LCME-accredited medical schools or participating COCA-accredited AACOM member schools are welcome to complete surgery rotations at OHSU. Please use the Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS) to apply for our rotations.
Applications for the 2017-2018 school year will be accepted beginning April 3, 2017. Students are welcome to apply for rotations year-round. The designated dates of rotations are non-adjustable. All applications received between April 3 and April 30 will be accepted equally. Beginning May 1, applications will be accepted on a first-come, first served basis. An application is not considered complete until it has been accepted by the OHSU School of Medicine Dean's Office, the Clerkship Director, and, if applicable, the Department you are requesting.
Please visit the School of Medicine website to view requirements for visiting medical students. The Department of Surgery requires the following additional items prior to acceptance:
- Letter of recommendation from a surgeon you have worked with in the past
- Letter of intent
- USMLE score (and COMLEX score if you are a D.O.)
Upon acceptance, you will have 30 days to provide the following to the Department of Surgery:
- Letter of Good Standing
- Background check
- 10 panel drug test (this may be included in your letter of good standing)
- BLS and/or ACLS
- Copy of school evaluation
One month before your rotation you will receive an email asking you to provide some identification information and certificates from certain modules you will need to complete.
Accepted visiting students who find themselves unable to fulfill their assigned rotation must notify the Department of Surgery in writing within 60 days of their rotation start date.
Although there are a limited number of rotations available, we make every effort to accommodate visiting students. Please keep in mind that acceptance for a visiting rotation is not a guarantee that you will be invited for an interview for a position in our general surgery or plastic surgery residency programs.
Lastly, it is important to note that many students need rotations between July and December in preparation for the match. If you are requesting a surgical rotation and NOT intending to apply to our surgical residency program, we ask that you avoid these months. If those months are unavoidable for you, we are happy to place you on a waitlist. Please indicate your needs in your Letter of Intent so that we can best accommodate all applicants.
If you have any further questions, please email our Medical Student Coordinator.