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Visiting Student Information

Domestic Visiting Medical Students

Please note that we are not currently accepting international students for elective clerkships.

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Lansing Campus offers electives for medical students from other U.S. medical schools. A maximum of two four-week electives can be taken for a total of eight weeks. 

Any cancellations or changes to scheduled rotations must be made at least 60 days before the rotation is due to start. Frequent changes or cancellations of rotations by a student may result in our refusal to schedule further rotations at our site. Failure to show up for a rotation is considered unprofessional behavior and we reserve the right to cancel any other rotations for that student.

Our electives are designed specifically for students who have attained MS4 senior status prior to enrollment. Have met prerequisites by completing his or her own school's required clerkship in the elective discipline being requested and any additional prerequisites, clarified when the elective is scheduled. 

Prospective applicants who have already graduated from medical school and US IMGs are not eligible to participate. MSU CHM Lansing Community does not coordinate observerships for residency programs. Questions regarding residency observerships can be directed to residency program coordinators. Shadowing with MSU CHM is not available for medical students from other institutions or GME.

For questions regarding MSU Graduate Medical Education please contact: Maureen McGrail, GME Administrator 

Learning Environment Policies

Students with concerns regarding safety, adequacy of personal protective equipment, adherence to policies, mistreatment, or any other topic may contact any of the following faculty/administrators for assistance, and should choose the individual they feel most comfortable reaching out to regarding their concern: Course Director/Instructor of Record, Community Assistant Dean, Director of the Late Clinical Experience, Assistant Dean for Clinical Experiences, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education, Associate Dean for Community Academic Programs, or the CHM Student Resolution Advocate.

Medical Students rights and responsibilities

All MSU CHM students and visiting medical students are encouraged to review the MSU CHM Student Resources & Policies page. 

Students should also review the SDC Student Guide book, the LCE Guide and Student Manual for Assessment and Promotion for additional policies and procedures, with specific attention to the following policies and procedures pertaining to the learning environment:

  • Faculty Code of Teaching Responsibility
  • Course Evaluation
  • Student Mistreatment Policy 
  • Mandatory Reporters / Limits of Student Confidentiality
  • Grade Appeal Process and Grievance Procedures
  • Non-discrimination Policy
  • Needle Stick/Exposure

The Lansing Community Assistant Dean's Office is available to all MSU CHM and visiting medical students to discuss any concerns/questions related to the learning environment. 

How To Apply:

  • Please complete and submit a Visiting Student Learning Opportunities (VSLO) online application for your preferred electives and dates.
  • For Academic Year 2023-2024, electives will be visible and applications accepted in VSLO beginning March 04, 2024. Departments will begin reviewing applications on April 19, 2024.
  • VSLO application acceptance offers will be communicated to applicants directly from the Michigan State University Lansing Community Assistant Dean’s Office beginning on May 17, 2024.
  • Remit the one-time, non-refundable Processing Fee of $150, payable upon offer acceptance.
  • A complete checklist with application requirements can be found by downloading the Application checklist

COVID-19 Pandemic Information


All students coming to Michigan State University for an away rotation are required to obtain and provide proof of full COVID vaccination (i.e. CDC Vaccination Card).

Students who become ill on rotation must follow all current CDC and local health systems guidelines. For all absences and those related to quarantine please contact student programs Administrator: Lauren Zoumbaris and rotation preceptors/team they will advise you regarding curricular obligations related to your absences, including scheduling implications and any makeup requirements.

If you have any questions, please contact the Lansing Community Assistant Dean’s Office Elective Curriculum Coordinator: Bry Powers