Georgetown University School of Medicine uses the Visiting Student Learning Opportunities (VSLO) for visiting student fourth-year elective applications. Electives are offered to 4th-year medical students, students enrolled in U.S. LCME-accredited institutions and osteopathic students. For interntaional student inquiries Please contact Dr. Irma Frank the Senior Associate Dean for International program for further information. Dr. Frank can be reached at

Please do not call to inquire about the status of your application. Contacting the Office of Medical Education will not expedite the processing of your application. All visiting students will be notified by the Office of Medical Education through VSLO) as to his/her application status. If you have specific questions that are not in regards to your application status please direct your inquiries to the Office of Medical Education at

Important Information for Visiting Students  (2018-2019 Academic Year)


The VSLO application portal will open April 30th for application submissions. We will begin processing applications on May 21st, 2018. Please do not call or e-mail regarding the status of your application. Once the placement of our students is complete, we begin notifying visiting students of application decisions on a block-by-block basis (no less than 30 days prior to the rotation start) starting on June 4th.

If you are placed in an elective, you will be notified via VSLO email. You will receive further information from the course administrator/director closer to the rotation start date. If you have not heard from your elective administrator/director 2 weeks prior to the start of your scheduled rotation date, please email the Office of Medical Education at


Georgetown University School of Medicine has opened up a special block for Visiting Students seeking to take Emergency Medicine (EMED 442), Neurosurgery (NSUR500),  Ophthalmology (OPTH500) and Urologic Surgery(SURU500) during June 2018. The official block dates are Monday, June 4th through Sunday, July 1st, 2018. GUSOM will begin accepting applications through VSAS for EMED 442, NSUR 500, OPTH 500 and SURU 500 ONLY starting April 16th. We will begin notifying students of their acceptance April 30th.

VSAS Required Uploads*:

  • When applying for an elective you are required to submit the following items:
  • Required documents to upload;
  • Letter of Good Health stating you are free from any communicable diseases (This letter MUST be from a licensed physician).
  • Proof of mask fit test for N95 mask to VSAS which should include the make, model, and size. N95 is not a make/model/size it refers to a particular filter (i.e 3M N95 Health Care Particulate Respirator and Surgical Mask in size 1870, 1860,1860s). 
  • Lab reports showing positive immunity to Measles, Mumps, and Rubella
  • Lab reports showing a positive quantitative Hepatitis B Surface Antibody
  • Proof of Personal Health Insurance card and Malpractice Insurance certificate (1 million per instance/incident, 3 million or unlimited for aggregate)
  • Proof of current BLS or ACLS certification
  • Malpractice insurance proof (at least $1,000,000 Each Claim/Aggregate $3,000,000)
  • OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) training Certificate         

* Various elective courses require supplemental documents, please review each course requirements.             

VSAS REQUIRED UPLOADS POST DECISION (please upload once you are accepted):

  • Submittal of a $100.00 (non-refundable)  processing fee payable by check or credit card. To retrieve the payment form, click here.Your credit card payment can ONLY be faxed to 202-333-0763. PLEASE DO NOT INCLUDE A COVER SHEET
  • Personal Health Insurance 
  • Background Check Verification
  • Proof of the seasonal flu shot (September 2018-April 2019)onto VSAS (please upload when vaccination becomes available).

We MUST receive your paperwork within 4 weeks of accepting our offer to avoid the automatic drop of your elective in VSAS.

Housing, Parking and Directions

Georgetown University does NOT offer complementary housing or parking assistance for visiting students. The AAMC suggests for housing. Please find below two Housing Guides that we hope will be of assistance as you look forward to your upcoming rotation:

Housing Guide provided by VeryApt
This guide includes feedback & data from DC residents at large, but the ratings found on pages 2, 5, 10, etc. are direct & specific feedback from only GUSOM students. (Thank you to those students who participated in the housing survey!)

Housing Guide provided by GUSOM Admissions
This guide was created using data collected from current GUSOM students and circulated to incoming students to provide an overview of the GUSOM & DC area.

Visiting students arriving at Ronald Reagan National Airport may catch a taxi from the airport to the School of Medicine. If your schedule allows enough time, you can take the BLUE LINE Metrorail subway from National Airport to the Rosslyn Metro Station and catch the Georgetown University Transportation System (GUTS) to the Medical Center or take a Metro to the Foggy Bottom station, and then catch a taxi there to the School. The use of public transportation will cost about a quarter as much as taking a taxi for the full distance. If staying locally at a hotel or with friends too far from the School to conveniently walk, you may wish to utilize the Metrobus system which, with connections, comes down Reservoir Road, NW, with a stop directly in front of the School at 3900 Reservoir Road, NW.

Metrobus and Metrorail route and schedule information is available on their website, or by calling 202-637-7000.  The GUTS bus schedule is also available online.

It is strongly suggested that if you are flying in, you arrive at Ronald Reagan International Airport (DCA).  There is a Metro stop at Reagan, which is approximately five stops away from the Rosslyn Metro stop, where there is a GUTS bus stop. The airports at Dulles International (IAD) and Baltimore/Washington International (BWI) are far from the School, somewhat inconvenient, and taxis/bus connections can be costly. However, there is public transportation from these airports.  There is a shuttle from BWI to Greenbelt Station, and a bus from Dulles to Rosslyn.  Please check the WMATA website for more information. 

Important Links

To begin your VSAS application, click on the following link:

For problems with your VSAS account, please contact at or (202) 478-9878  Monday – Friday, 8am6pm Eastern Time

How to Report Misconduct as a Visiting Student

Needlestick Injury Notice: If you are involved in a needlestick injury while rotating at Georgetown University Hospital, you will need to go to the Emergency Room for immediate care. 

**If follow-up care is required, you will need to call the Division of Infectious Diseases at Georgetown University Hospital at 202.444.0086 and schedule a follow-up care appointment.

** Please note: You or your home institution is responsible for all costs associated with any needlestick injuries.  Georgetown University School of Medicine and Georgetown University Hospital is not responsible for the cost of care for any needlestick injuries.