Information for Visiting Students
Visiting students are encouraged and welcome to rotate through Stony Brook School of Medicine. We begin to process applications from visiting students early May. Students from LCME Medical Schools and Osteopathic students use VSAS to apply. We do not accept applications before April 1st. Below you can find information on choosing and applying for a visiting elective:
Our first priority is to accommodate the needs and interests of Stony Brook medical students. The Stony Brook School of Medicine also offers electives to 4th year students who attend LCME accredited medical schools who apply using VSAS. Please read course descriptions carefully. A few courses will indicate that they are not offered to visiting students. Visiting students applying through the Stony Brook Office of Undergraduate Medical Education can only do rotations at Stony Brook University Medical Center. If you wish to rotate at our affiliate sites, you must apply with those sites directly.
2. Applications must be complete to be processed. A complete application includes:
3. Upon approval, the visiting student will be notified in writing or through VSAS of the time and place to report on the first day of the elective. A copy of the application is returned to the student if the elective is not approved or the student is notified through VSAS. However, the $25 processing fee is non-refundable and should be submitted at the time of application if NOT using VSAS. There is no separate processing fee if VSAS is used and no elective is offered.
4. If an elective is not approved, a student may request a different choice of time period for the elective without an additional SB processing fee. However, approval by the home school of the alternative time period must be submitted to Stony Brook prior to the start of the rotation if the request is not made using VSAS. Students are urged to review the list of available electives (click here) and to apply starting in April. Applicants should submit their applications two to three months prior to the start of the rotation they are requesting. In an emergency, students may request in writing to cancel a rotation a minimum of one month prior to the start of a rotation. Applications will not be considered if they are received less than one month prior to the start of a rotation. When using VSAS, you must notify us of your decision to accept an elective within 2 weeks of being made the offer, or the application is withdrawn.
5. On the first day of the elective, the student reports to the Office of Undergraduate Medical Education at 8:30 AM to pick up a "Verification of Completed Application" slip which he/she then brings, along with an evaluation form from the home school, directly to the department which will supply parking information and a medical center ID. The student is responsible for familiarizing him/herself with the medical center and medical school policies and procedures, and for maintaining patient confidentiality at all times in compliance with HIPAA. Students should bring their own scrubs or plan to purchase them for $15. If a department requires a particular color scrubs, the student may be asked to purchase them upon arrival. Please check with the department before arriving.
6. The student's school should send an evaluation form with the application or once the elective is approved. The student can also present the form to the Office of Undergraduate Medical Education upon arrival.
7. Grades are reported directly from departments to the students' home schools. The Office of Undergraduate Medical Education maintains a record of the grades.
If extenuating circumstance requires a change in an elective rotation, visiting students must notify the Office of Undergraduate Medical Education a minimum of one month prior to the start of the elective to be changed or canceled.
Requests for additional rotations must be accompanied by new applications from the home school and an additional processing fee if VSAS cannot be used. Because PPD's and Certificates of Insurance expire, we ask that you submit complete applications and supporting materials for rotations occurring at different times of the year.
Students are responsible for contacting the department at least one month prior to the start of an elective to request physical, academic or other special accommodations when needed.
Housing arrangements should be made well in advance. Stony Brook University Medical Center does not provide housing for visiting students. Students can call Campus Housing at 631-632-6750 for information regarding on-campus availability and are strongly advised to seek sub-let arrangements in the community.