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 their 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
In addition to the above requirements, international students must have:
- Personal health insurance coverage
- 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
- Completed approximately 48 weeks of actual patient care clinical experiences before the start of their clerkship — eight weeks each of medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, and surgery, and 20 weeks of electives (verification by your medical school is required)
International medical students applying to Mayo Clinic's campus in Jacksonville, Florida, must have their medical school contact the Florida Commission for Independent Education. Students must pass USMLE Step 2 prior to their clerkship if their medical school does not have accreditation in the state of Florida.
Each year, the Visiting Medical Student Clerkship Program receives more than 700 applications for approximately 400 elective clerkship positions. Selection is based on medical school transcript grades, USMLE Step 1 score, space availability and competitiveness for a Mayo Clinic residency.