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Medical trainees collaborating in the hallway at Mayo Clinic


Candidates for the Visiting Medical Student Clerkship Program at Mayo Clinic must:

  • Have passed the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 1, Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX) Level 1 or National Board Dental Examination (NBDE); international applicants must have passed USMLE Step 1
  • Be in the final year of medical school at the time of the clerkship
  • Be in good academic standing at their medical school
  • Have received the required immunizations

International students

In addition to the above requirements, international students must:

  • Have personal health insurance coverage in the amount of a minimum of $50,000 (USD)
  • If instruction at the home medical school is not in English, applicants must show demonstrated fluency in English with successful completion of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination within the last two years. Eligible students must show proof of a minimum score of no lower than 104.
  • Have completed approximately 48 weeks of actual patient care clinical experiences before the start of the clerkship — six to eight weeks each of medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, and surgery, and approximately 20 weeks of electives (verification by your medical school is required)
  • Be enrolled in the final year of medical school at the time of their clerkship. For international medical schools that require an internship for the final year, students who will be enrolled in their medical school at the time of their clerkship are eligible to apply. 
  • Submit a $350 (USD) non-refundable application fee

Mayo Clinic's campus in Jacksonville, Florida, is only able to accept international medical students from institutions that are licensed by the Florida Commission for Independent Education. At this time, the only international medical schools approved for Florida rotations are:

  • American University of Antigua, Antigua
  • American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, St. Maarten
  • Medical University of the Americas, Nevis
  • Ross University School of Medicine, Barbados
  • Saba University School of Medicine, Netherlands
  • St. George's University School of Medicine, Grenada
  • St. Matthew's University School of Medicine, Cayman Islands
  • UNIBE School of Medicine, Dominican Republic
  • University of Medicine and Health Sciences, Saint Kitts

International medical students interested in our Florida rotations who attend medical schools not on the approved list must have their medical schools contact the Florida Commission for Independent Education to apply for approval. Although the above schools are licensed by the state of Florida, Mayo Clinic’s Visiting Medical Student Clerkship Program only accepts applications via AAMC’s Visiting Student Learning Opportunities (VSLO). If you attend a licensed school that does not participate in AAMC, you would not be eligible to apply for a clerkship.

Note: Mayo Clinic's campuses in Rochester, Minnesota, and Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona, are able to accept medical students from all international medical schools.

Mayo Clinic physicians and trainee work in the simulation center


If your vaccinations are not up to date when you apply, your application will still be processed. However, the required immunization documentation must be submitted before you arrive for your clerkship.

Malpractice insurance

Mayo Clinic provides malpractice and liability insurance for any visiting medical student participating in an approved clinical clerkship at no cost to the student. The Verification of Medical School Information form must be completed by the home institution and must indicate whether or not malpractice and liability insurance is provided by the home institution.