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Medical Students from LCME/AOA Accredited Schools

NYMC accepts visiting medical students – from LCME/AOA accredited schools – who are actively progressing toward their degree at their institutions – who wish to take elective courses at NYMC. Applicants for electives must be full-time matriculated students, in the final year of their training, and be in good academic standing at their home school. They must apply through AAMC’s Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS). 

Visiting students may enroll in up to eight weeks of elective courses during any academic year. No tuition will be charged by NYMC; however, adequate malpractice insurance covering the visiting student’s activities while in attendance at the School of Medicine must be provided by the parent medical school, along with verification of immunization to certain infectious diseases. All of the pertinent New York Medical College School of Medicine policies and procedures that are in place for our own students will also be applicable to visiting students. 

Opportunities for international students attending medical schools outside the United States and Canada to complete clinical electives at NYMC affiliated clinical sites are extremely limited. Currently, the School of Medicine has student exchange programs with five foreign medical schools: Tokai University School of Medicine in Japan, the Catholic University of Korea in Seoul, Semmelweis University in Hungary, Hadassah University Hospital and Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.

International Exchange Program

Limited opportunities are available for international students attending medical schools outside the United States and Canada to do clinical electives at New York Medical College. 

The College has student exchange programs with four foreign medical schools:  Tokai University School of Medicine in Japan, the Catholic University of Korea in Seoul, Semmelweis University in Hungary, and the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.  Under exchange agreements with these schools, full-time students in good standing may be accepted for one or more electives at the College.  Electives may not exceed 12 weeks under any circumstances. 

On occasion the College may accept medical students from other foreign medical schools at the specific request of NYMC faculty members if there are compelling reasons for the request, with the approval of the Vice Dean for Medical Education. 

All requests for electives from international medical students, whether at a school affiliated with the College or not, must be forwarded to the International Student and Scholar Advisor.  In all cases when requests for electives come from a faculty member on behalf of a foreign medical student, the International Student and Scholar Advisor will forward the request to the Vice Dean for Medical Education for approval. 

Requirements for international medical students:

  1. Electives are available only to full-time students in good standing at recognized medical schools.
  2. Students must be in their final year of medical school.
  3. Students must be fluent in English.
  4. Electives are generally limited to one four-week rotation.
  5. Applications must be received no later than three months before the start date of the elective. 

International medical applicants must submit the following materials before an elective can be approved:

  1. A letter from the Dean or other appropriate official of the student’s foreign medical school indicating that the student is currently enrolled, is in good standing, and has permission for the elective at NYMC.
  2. The student’s C.V.
  3. Medical school transcript
  4. Proof of malpractice insurance
  5. Proof of health insurance 

Visiting students are subject to the same rules and regulations that apply to NYMC students.  Participation in electives is based on satisfactory performance, English language skills, and behavior.  Once an elective is approved, no changes in assignments are allowed. 

Visiting international students are not considered degree candidates at NYMC, and student visas will not be issued to them.  New York State requires an application fee of $30 for visiting students doing electives at medical schools in New York.  If an international applicant is accepted for an elective, the International Student and Scholar Advisor will advise the student on how to apply for a New York State certificate of eligibility for the elective. 

All visiting international students must pay a $75 international visiting student fee.