Clinical Electives

The NIH Clinical Center's Clinical Electives Program offers short term, 4- to 12-week clinically oriented rotations to both national and international, senior medical and dental students. The Visiting Student Application Service, VSAS, is the preferred service for submission of applications from U.S. LCME/AOA-accredited medical school students. For more information on VSAS, please visit [disclaimer] or contact VSAS at or (202) 478-9878.

U.S. LCME/AOA accredited medical school students who prefer not to use VSAS as well as all applicants attending Canadian, non-LCME accredited medical schools, or CODA/ADA dental schools should submit applications via the NIH Clinical Electives Program for Medical and Dental Students on-line application system.

Answers to common questions can be found under "FAQs" (Frequently Asked Questions). For additional information, please contact Dr. Irena Malkovska at

View the eligibility criteria PDF Logo (40 KB)
View the program brochure PDF Logo (197 KB)

Clinical Electives Rotation Descriptions

The following programs do not accept students in July: Critical Care Medicine, Medical Genetics, Medical Oncology, Pathology, Pediatric Oncology, Rheumatology and Surgical Thoracic & GI Oncology.

The following programs are restricted to students attending U.S. institutions only: Addiction Medicine, Critical Care Medicine, Endocrinology and Metabolism, Internal Medicine Consult Service, Medical Oncology, Pain and Palliative Care, Radiation Oncology, Surgical Thoracic & GI Oncology and Urologic Oncology.

The NIH Clinical Electives Program does not offer housing or travel subsidies.

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