Medical Student VSAS for US Allopathic Students
What is VSAS?
The Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS) is a brand-new Association of American Medical Colleges(AAMC) application for 4th year clinical away electives. This service includes a searchable database of electives, a short application, the ability to pay application fees online, and tracking of offers and schedules. VSAS launches its pilot year in April 2008 with 10 schools accepting applications through this software. If you are applying for senior away electives for the 2008-09 academic year at any of these 10 schools, you will need to use VSAS to submit your applications.
Do I need to use VSAS?
The following 10 schools will use VSAS to receive applications during the 2008-09 pilot year. If you wish to apply to any of these schools, you will need to use VSAS to submit your application(s) to them.
Oregon Health & Science University
University of California, Irvine
University of Kansas
University of Michigan
University of Tennessee
University of Texas HSC, San Antonio
Wake Forest University
If you are not applying to one of these 10 schools, please use the Extramural Electives Compendium (http://services.aamc.org/eec/students/) for visiting student application information.
How does VSAS work?
Step-by-step instructions on using VSAS is on page 2 of this document.
When can I use VSAS?
VSAS opened for student use on Tuesday, April 15, 2008 at 10am EST.
Please visit our website, www.aamc.org/vsas, for general information. If you have any further questions, please contact VSAS at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 478-9878.
How do I use VSAS?
The following 6 steps outline the VSAS application process.
Step 1: Request VSAS Authorizations
Step 2. Complete your VSAS Profile
Step 3. Search for Electives
Step 4. Apply to Electives
Authorizations - you must have received sufficient authorizations from your home school to cover your chosen electives. Each elective and date combination requires one authorization. If you need additional authorizations, please contact your visiting student coordinator or student affairs office.
Fees - VSAS application fees are based on the number of schools being applied to, not the number of electives. A fee of $35 is assessed for the first school and $15 per school thereafter.
Step 5. Track Offers
Step 6. Read E-Mails
Make sure the e-mail address in your VSAS profile is current, as you will receive e-mails notifying you of: