Admissions

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Qualifications

Candidates for the Visiting Medical Student Clerkship Program at Mayo Clinic must:

  • Have passed the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 1, Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX) Level 1 or National Board Dental Examination (NBDE); international applicants must have passed USMLE Step 1
  • Be in the final year of medical school at the time of the clerkship
  • Be in good academic standing at their medical school
  • Have received the required immunizations

International students

In addition to the above requirements, international students must have:

  • Have personal health insurance coverage in the amount of a minimum of $50,000 U.S. dollars
  • Show demonstrated fluency in English, with successful completion of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination within the last two years if instruction at the home medical school is not in English
  • Have completed approximately 48 weeks of actual patient care clinical experiences before the start of the clerkship — six to eight weeks each of medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, and surgery, and approximately 20 weeks of electives (verification by your medical school is required)
  • Be attending medical school at the time of their elective and cannot be in their internship year

International medical students applying to Mayo Clinic's campus in Jacksonville, Florida, must have their medical schools contact the Florida Commission for Independent Education. Students must pass USMLE Step 2 prior to their clerkships if their medical schools do not have accreditation in the state of Florida.

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Vaccinations

If your vaccinations are not up to date when you apply, your application will still be processed. However, the required immunization documentation must be submitted before you arrive for your clerkship.

Malpractice insurance

Mayo Clinic provides malpractice and liability insurance for any visiting medical student participating in an approved clinical clerkship at no cost to the student. The Verification of Medical School Information form must be completed by the home institution and must indicate whether or not malpractice and liability insurance is provided by the home institution.

Oct. 10, 2017