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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

In response to the COVID-19 situation, Mayo Clinic’s Visiting Medical Student Clerkship Program has placed a temporary hold on accepting new applications for clerkships. Our office will review all applications that have been submitted prior to the April 30 deadline for future rotations. At this time we are not able to comment when the application system may open again.

Application timeline

Clerkship period desiredApplication deadline
January-March Oct. 1 of the prior year (on hold)
April-June Jan. 1 of the clerkship year (on hold)
July-September April 1 of the clerkship year

(Extended to April 30, 2020)*
October-December July 1 of the clerkship year (on hold)

You may select the weeks that best fit your schedule. There are no 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. Only one application per student is allowed.

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.