Out-of-State/Visiting Students and DEI Scholarship Information

Thank you for your interest in rotating with the University of Arizona / College of Medicine / Emergency Medicine / Tucson Campus.  Applications are made through the Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS). The College of Medicine – Tucson Electives Catalog opens for applications in April for Fall of 2024 spots.  Applications are processed and offers extended no more than eight weeks prior to the start date for each elective. We will start reviewing and accepting applications around April 20th.  

Out-of-state/Visiting students who would like to rotate with the Department of Emergency Medicine are REQUIRED to complete an application with the Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS).  We are unable to enroll students from outside of the United States.

Visiting Student Application Service


Eligibility requirements: In order to be an enrolled visiting student on campus at the University of Arizona, College of Medicine/Emergency Medicine Department, for an elective, medical students must make application in VSLO and:

  • Be in your 4th year of medical school at an LCME or COCA accredited program – Listing links with university names that we have an affiliation agreement with below.
  • Have either BLS or ACLS training that has not expired.
  • Pass on USMLE Step 1 or COMLEX Level 1
  • Scheduled or completed an USMLE Step 2 exam in 2024 (USMLE Step 2 Exam is required for Residency application.) Osteopathic students who have completed COMLEX Level 1are still required to take the USMLE exams to be considered for rotation and interview. 
  • Include a letter of interest regarding “why Tucson”, and state which residency program you are interested in. (Example: Emergency Medicine; Internal Medicine; Surgery, etc.)

The AAMC Visiting Student Learning Opportunities (VSLO) will open around April 1st, 2024 for application submittals.  We will start reviewing applications around 4/20/24.

Out-of-state/visiting students who are selected for an enrolled elective, will be offered the opportunity to interview with faculty for any of the three EM Residency programs:

  • EM Banner - University Campus
  • EM Banner - South Campus
  • EM/Peds

Students who do not interview during the rotation will not be guaranteed a formal interview during the season. Learn more about the residency programs here

Applications are processed and offers extended no more than eight weeks prior to the start date for each elective. 

Accepted Students: All students that have accepted ED rotations with the University of Arizona COM-Tucson must complete My Clinical Exchange (MCE) for credentialing.  There is a $39 registration fee to sign up for My Clinical Exchange.  There is a $125 processing fee that is due once the student accepts the University of Arizona's offer.

Housing: The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson does not provide housing for visiting medical students.  We have some options for renting accommodations and will provide when accepted.


Diversity in Medicine - Visiting Student Scholarship

Scholarship Goals:
• Encourage students who self-identify with groups who are underrepresented in medicine to consider residency at the University of Arizona, College of Medicine Tucson
• Promote student awareness of opportunities in academic medicine
• Provide mentoring and networking for students who identify as underrepresented in medicine
• Provide a stipend of up to $1,500 to help offset cost of housing and travel

Who Should Apply:
The Scholarship is open to applicants who have been accepted to participate in a four-week visiting elective at the University of Arizona College of Medicine Tucson, and who self-identify as under-represented in medicine.
Applicants must be a 4th year medical student in good standing at an accredited U.S allopathic/osteopathic medical school and must have completed all required clerkships through their home institution prior to beginning their visiting student elective.

How To Apply:
The following documents must be submitted to the Department Clerkship Director/Program Manager: demdeischolar@list.arizona.edu  
• Application form
• Brief statement (500 word limit) that describes interest in attending the University of Arizona, explains how student views themself as underrepresented in medicine and demonstrates commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion
• One letter of recommendation from a clinical faculty member
• Curriculum vitae
• Letter of good standing from medical school
• Official medical school transcript

Application Link for EM DEI Scholarship: To be provided at a later date. 

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