Exchange Clerkship Program

COVID-19 Update

**HMS is suspending our Visiting Student Program for clinical elective opportunities indefinitely due to COVID. As the situation continues to evolve, the HMS website will be updated.**

The Exchange Clerkship Program at Harvard Medical School (HMS) is designed to offer qualified 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. Every year the HMS Registrar’s Office processes applications from more than 2,000 students from around the world. The program is designed 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 the advanced clinical experience in HMS-affiliated hospitals.

Our program is open to students from US and Canadian medical schools accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) and international medical schools approved by Harvard Medical School. A list of currently approved medical schools may be accessed at the online portion of the application.

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