All scheduling of clinical clerkships is done on a space-available basis through the HMS Registrar’s Office 10-12 weeks prior to the start of each rotation month. Students with completed applications are eligible for scheduling. If you are assigned a clerkship, it is final. Requests for changes are not accepted.

Our clerkships are offered in four-week blocks and visiting students must adhere to HMS rotation dates as posted in the calendar.

  • Due to the large number of applications, not all eligible candidates can be accommodated.
  • Harvard students have priority.
  • By including more choices for each rotation month, you increase your chances to be scheduled. During the busiest months, April to October, scheduling for international students is extremely limited.
  • Faculty member(s) and/or clerkship director(s) cannot make special arrangements for placements. All assignment must be made through the Registrar’s office.
  • HMS reserves the right to screen applicants for academic achievement, professionalism and language proficiency.
  • HMS does not allow individual scheduling variations. Students must adhere to our published calendar dates.
  • HMS does not maintain waitlists, nor does it publish course availability due to constant changes in enrollment data.

Please note that the HMS Visiting Student Program is undergoing continuous review and improvement and is subject to change at any time.