Visiting Students Program 2020-2021 Academic Year

Medical students walking

COVID-19 Update: Georgetown University School of Medicine/MedStar Health will NOT be accepting visiting students during the 2020-21 academic year, per national guidelines, with very limited exceptions, as follows:

1) If the student does not have access to a desired specialty rotation within their own medical school system AND the Georgetown University School of Medicine/MedStar Health System is one of the closest geographical access points (in which case, October would be the earliest opening).

2) If there is a virtual course available in which the student can participate remotely.

Many virtual courses are being developed, and virtual options offered for course credit will be added to our VSLO catalog as they become available. Students are also encouraged to check departmental websites for other networking opportunities.

Given the Coalition on Physician Accountability’s Work Group recommendations and complexities related to the global pandemic response, we regrettably anticipate only being able to welcome a very limited number of non-virtual visiting students this season, if any at all.

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 international student inquiries Please contact Dr. Irma Frank, Senior Associate Dean for International Programs for further information. Dr. Frank can be reached at

Please refer to the Policy on Visiting Students (Eligibility & Requirements) prior to applying through VSLO.

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  (2020-2021 Academic Year)

The VSLO application portal will open April 1st for application submissions. Departments will begin reviewing applications on April 1st – each Department will process applications according to their internal procedures.  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). The first block starts June 1st, 2020.

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 within one week prior to the start of your scheduled rotation date, please email the Office of Medical Education at

VSAS Required Uploads Pre-Invitation:

  • When applying for an elective, you and/or your home institution are required to complete and/or submit the following items:
    • Acknowledge of Technical Standards required to participate
    • Transcript (uploaded by your school)
    • CV/Resume
    • AAMC Standardized Immunization Form
    • Medical Malpractice Insurance ($1,000,000/incident; $3,000,000 aggregate)
    • Verification Questionnaire (completed by your school)      

Various elective courses require supplemental documents, such as a Step 1 transcript, please review each course requirements.   

VSAS Required Uploads Post Decision (please upload once you are accepted):

  • BLS/ACLS Certification Card
  • Background Check Verification
  • OSHA Training 
  • Flu Shot Documentation (Sept – April)
  • Personal Health Insurance Documentation
  • Letter of Good Health from a licensed provider
  • Mask Fit Verification (including type/size of mask)
  • $100 Administrative Fee (by Check or Credit Card)

We must receive all of your paperwork at least four (4) weeks before the start of your scheduled rotation 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.


Directions to Georgetown
Visiting students arriving at Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA) 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 bus) to the Medical Center, or take Metrorail 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 the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) 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. 

Medstar Georgetown University Hospital & Department Directory

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, 8am – 6pm 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.