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AAMC's Visiting Student Application Service

New application process launched for senior "away" electives

A new system that streamlines the application process for students who are interested in taking electives at other U.S. medical schools was launched by the AAMC on April 1. The Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS) allows seniors to submit just one application for multiple schools, significantly reducing paperwork and improving efficiency. The program is available initially to medical schools accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education and will open for student use on April 15.  During this pilot year, a mix of 10 private and public schools from different geographic areas are participating as VSAS host schools. Other schools will continue to use their own application system, but any students applying for electives at the host schools will use VSAS software. The application fee for students is $35 for the first school applied to and $15 for each additional school. Next year there will be annual fees for both home and host schools. Planned future enhancements for VSAS include an interface for faculty members to approve and schedule electives, inclusion of osteopathic students, and the incorporation of electronic evaluations.

For more information, please visit http://www.aamc.org/vsas 


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