Exchange Clerkship Program

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As of April 21, 2021, HMS has joined the AAMC’s VSLO/VSAS program for processing applications and will welcome back US medical students for clinical elective opportunities beginning August 2021.

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The Exchange Clerkship Program at Harvard Medical School (HMS) offers eligible medical students the opportunity to complete a visiting clerkship at one of the Harvard-affiliated hospitals.

The Harvard Medical School (HMS) Exchange Clerkship Program is one of the largest visiting student programs in the country. The program is for medical students in their final year of medical school who wish to participate in clinical clerkships offered at HMS-affiliated teaching hospitals. Our goal is to place eligible students who are qualified for advanced clinical experiences in HMS-affiliated hospitals based on placement availability.  The program is open to US students from medical schools accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).

HMS processes applications through the AAMC’s Visiting Student Learning Opportunities (VSLO) program. The VSLO Application Service (aka VSAS) enables students to browse and apply for electives.

HMS does not offer research opportunities and/or observerships for visiting students.