College of

Visiting Students

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine accepts applications at all of our seven community campuses from visiting students interested in our electives. During the 2019-20 academic year, the College of Human Medicine Flint, Grand Rapids, Lansing and Southeast Michigan campuses will be using the AAMC Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS) to receive applications from students enrolled in a U.S. LCME-accredited medical school (M.D. students) or a VSAS-participating COCA-accredited AACOM member college (D.O. students).  The College of Human Medicine Midland, Traverse City and Upper Peninsula campuses will receive applications directly from students as outlined below.

Application submission dates vary among our four campuses using VSAS.  Please check VSAS for these campus-specific dates. To apply to one of these four campuses, please complete and submit a VSAS application for your preferred electives and dates. In addition to the VSAS application, we also require completion of this supplemental application. Please download, complete and upload the supplemental application into VSAS.

For more information on VSAS, please visit or contact VSAS at or (202) 478-9878.

For visiting students to whom VSAS is not available or for students interested in electives at our Midland, Traverse City and Upper Peninsula campuses, below are links to each of our community campus web sites with their respective elective information. You must submit a paper application to the specific campus you are interested in (applications below). Contact information for each campus is located at the bottom of the application.

Elective Descriptions

Elective Applications

Medical Professional Liability Coverage

Visiting students must provide proof of medical professional liability in the amount of $1,000,000/$3,000,000.

Requirements for Visiting Students

  • Have met prerequisites by completing his or her own school's required clerkship in the elective discipline being requested
  • Any additional prerequisites will be clarified when the elective is scheduled
  • Attained senior status prior to enrollment
  • Third-year students may apply if prerequisites have been completed but preference will be given to senior applicants

Clerkship Readings

Some electives may specify required readings, which are updated on a regular basis. If readings are required, a reading list will be provided at the beginning of the elective.


Elective clerkship preceptor(s) will submit a clinical performance evaluation at the conclusion of the clerkship.  Faculty are also encouraged to provide ongoing feedback throughout elective clerkships. Additional student evaluations, which will be discussed with students in advance, may include written or oral examinations, oral presentations, papers, or observed clinical assessments.  If a visiting student’s school requires the completion of a specific evaluation form, this form should be provided to the community contact person at the beginning of the elective clerkship.

Clerkship Time Periods

Elective clerkships are four weeks in length. MSU College of Human Medicine elective time periods are listed below. Requests for dates that differ will be accommodated if possible.