Guest Medical Students

Medical students enrolled at a medical school in the United States are eligible to apply for guest student elective study at Indiana University School of Medicine. International medical students will be accepted for patient care rotations only if their universities have a preexisting, written agreement with IU School of Medicine. Qualified MD students interested in taking an MD elective at IU School of Medicine as a visiting student can visit the AAMC/VSAS website for details on how to apply. In addition to the VSAS application, guest students must submit the following application materials:

Immunization Form

IU School of Medicine accepts the AAMC Standardized Immunization Form for electives beginning after June 30, 2017. This form can be printed or downloaded from the VSAS site and must be completed and signed by the applicant’s physician. A fully up-to-date immunization and eligibility chart is required and must be uploaded at least 45 days prior to the start of the elective. If any part of the guest student’s immunization form is out of date, processing of the application will be delayed or possibly revoked.

Test Scores

Guest student applicants must upload a copy of their USMLE STEP 1 or COMLEX LEVEL 1 board score for departmental use. Some IU School of Medicine departments will not review guest student applications without this information.

Application Processing Fee

An application processing fee of $60 is due upon the guest student’s acceptance of an elective offer. This payment must be made online via the IU Event link on the IU School of Medicine Online Payment Portal. This payment is due after a course is approved and accepted by the student. Students receive information about payment with the VSAS offer.


For more information about the guest student program at IU School of Medicine, interested trainees should email John Keller, Medical Student Services Coordinator. Prospective applicants can also contact by phone at 317-274-2264 or by mail at Medical Student Education, 635 Barnhill Dr. MS 162, Indianapolis, IN 46202.

Anesthesia Program Requirements

Students interested in the IU School of Medicine Department of Anesthesia MD elective 93AN710 must submit a letter of interest regarding the residency to Dr. Matt Warner and upload this letter as a supplemental document with the application request. The letter should be no longer than three paragraphs and include the student’s USMLE board scores.

Emergency Medicine Program Requirements

MD students interested in the IU School of Medicine Emergency Medicine elective 93ZE720 must address a letter of interest regarding the residency to Jim Graber and upload the letter with the application request as a supplemental document. The letter should be no longer than three paragraphs and include the student’s USMLE board scores. Interested students can contact the Department of Emergency Medicine student coordinator Jim Graber to discuss availability of this elective.