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Visiting Medical Student Information

Thank you for your interest in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Visiting Medical Student Program.

In accordance with recommendations by the Coalition for Physician Accountability, the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine will not accept applications for onsite clinical electives submitted by visiting medical students for the 2020-21 academic year. Exceptions to this policy accepted for students attending medical schools located in the state of Maryland, without access to clinical experience through residency programs in their desired specialty, at their home institution.

Applications for virtual research electives and virtual clinical electives are accepted from visiting medical students up to six months prior to the scheduled elective start date. Virtual electives occur entirely via remote instructional modalities, either synchronously or asynchronously, depending upon the course. Virtual electives will not require students to be physically present in order to participate. Visiting medical students registered for virtual electives are not permitted to enter School of Medicine research or clinical facilities.

For the 2021-22 academic year, visiting medical student applications for clinical electives starting on, or after, June 28, 2021, and applications for research electives beginning on, or after, July 1, 2021 are being accepted.

Direct questions concerning the application process to our visiting student coordinator at

Attention Applicants

The following types of electives are offered by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (JHUSOM) to visiting medical students:

  1. Clinical Electives: A limited number of clinical electives are available to final year medical students who are attending either LCME or COCA accredited schools, or schools with which Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine has a formal affiliation.  If you are uncertain if your school has a formal affiliation with JHUSOM, check with a school official before submitting your application.
  2. Research Elective: Research experiences are offered on a space available basis to U.S. and international trained medical students who submit appropriate application materials to the Office of the Registrar.

Important Information for Applicants

Questions about the Process?

Please do not call to check on the status of your application.  If you have a question, please review the information above before contacting our office.

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