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Medical Students and Visiting Resident Rotations

Virginia Mason Franciscan Health offers observerships and clerkship experiences for all levels of training in a variety of fields, and at many of our Virginia Mason Franciscan Health sites. Only currently enrolled students will be considered.

Fourth Year Inpatient Medical Student Clerkship Rotations

We offer two and four week clerkship inpatient elective rotations in anesthesiology, diagnostic radiology, internal medicine, general surgery and urology. Other rotations are offered to currently enrolled fourth year medical students. These clerkships serve mainly as a teaching experience with any "service" function being incidental. Fourth year medical students must apply to these clerkships via AAMC Visiting Student Learning Opportunities (VSLO).

Virginia Mason Franciscan Health plans to adhere to the ACGME’s Coalition for Physician Accountability’s recommendations regarding medical student away rotations for the 2024-2025 academic year:

  • Applications will be submitted through VSLO.
  • Applications will be reviewed starting May 1. Please note that you have not been accepted for an elective until you receive a letter of approval from Virginia Mason Franciscan Health Graduate Medical Education through VSLO.
  • Medical student rotations may resume as early as June 24, but are limited to only one rotation in one specialty per learner (with exception for cases where additional rotations are needed to complete graduation or accreditation requirements).
  • Applicant's must have the AAMC Affiliation Agreement signed by the school before the application will be reviewed. Virginia Mason Franciscan Health only accepts AAMC Affiliation Agreements. AAMC Uniform Clinical Training Affiliation Agreement Implementation Letter.

The ACGME and Virginia Mason Franciscan Health will continue to monitor Coalition updates and, if necessary, may make adjustments to this plan.

Outpatient Medicine Clerkships and Observerships

Inquiries regarding outpatient medicine and observerships must first submit an application form. Please also use the form if you are interested in an inpatient rotation for a program that is not listed in the fourth year inpatient medical student clerkships section above.

Once your inquiry form is submitted with complete information, it will be directed to the proper department. At that time, the department will notify you regarding their availability to accommodate your request. If approved, you will be sent a packet of information to be filled out and returned.

Visiting Resident Rotations