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Visiting Medical Student Clerkships

Application Process

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Each year, the Visiting Medical Student Clerkship Program at Mayo Clinic receives more than 1,400 applications for approximately 600 elective clerkship positions. Selection is based on medical school transcript grades, USMLE Step 1 score, space availability and competitiveness for a Mayo Clinic residency.

How to apply

The Mayo Clinic Visiting Medical Student Clerkship Program is now utilizing the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), Visiting Student Learning Opportunities (VSLO) portal for accepting and processing clerkship applications. Visit the AAMC-Visiting Student Learning Opportunities webpage for additional information on our program and to complete an application.

If you are experiencing any technical issues in completing or submitting your application, contact AAMC's VSLO support for assistance.

The Visiting Medical Student Clerkship program will not be accepting any applications outside of the VSLO portal. For international students whose medical school is not currently an AAMC participating institution, please see the AAMC website for information on how to initiate the process of having your institution enroll in the application service.

Dental students

Dental students interested in applying for rotations at Mayo Clinic do not apply via AAMC.

Eligible dental candidates must:

  • Currently attend a U.S. or Canadian dental school
  • Be in the final year and in good academic standing with their dental school
  • Have received the required immunizations

To apply for the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery or Orthodontics rotation, review the elective description and follow the instructions located on that page on how to apply.

Upcoming application timeline

DateApplication status
October 2020 Online catalog of electives available for students to view via VSLO
November 2020 Applications open for submission—for rotations taking place Spring (April-June 2021)
Dec. 31, 2020 Applications close—for rotations taking place Spring (April-June 2021)
February 2021 Students notified of the status of their application

Academic year application timelines

Application opensApplication closesClerkship period desired
Nov.-Dec. 2020 Dec. 31, 2020 For rotations beginning April-June 2021
Feb. 12, 2021 March 31, 2021 For rotations beginning July-Sept. 2021
May 14, 2021 June 30, 2021 For rotations beginning Oct.-Dec. 2021
Aug. 13, 2021 Sept. 30, 2021 For rotations beginning Jan.-March 2022

When completing your application, you may select the weeks that best fit your schedule. There are no set block rotation dates. Clerkships begin on a Monday and conclude four weeks later on a Friday in full-week increments (with the exception of holidays).

Application details

You may apply to only one Mayo Clinic location. Candidates may submit up to four total applications. Applications submitted for the same department with four different date ranges count as four applications.

Once clerkships have been confirmed, changes in or rescheduling of clerkship assignments are not permitted.


Submit the online application by the appropriate application deadline as indicated. You will receive a response approximately six weeks following the submission deadline.

Applications are not processed prior to the submission deadline.