Visiting Student Clerkships for Domestic Applicants

Students in good academic standing in their senior year at US schools of medicine accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education and students at accredited schools of osteopathic medicine may apply for clinical clerkships at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California for a maximum of eight weeks.

2020-2021 Rotations Timeline

We have implemented the following policy in accordance with the Coalition of Physician Accountability Recommendations.
KSOM will only consider applications for visiting student rotations for students who meet the following criteria:
1) students who have a specialty interest and do not have access to a clinical experience with a residency program in that specialty at their institution
2) students for whom an away rotation is required for graduation or accreditation requirements
If a student meets one of the criteria above, they also have to be:
  • from the Western region of the US
  • verified by their Associate Dean (or designee) for Student/Academic Affairs of their eligibility
  • confirmed eligible by the Office of Student Affairs

Rotation Criteria

In order for a student to be placed in a rotation, the following criteria must be met:

  • The applicant’s file must be complete.
  • Keck School of Medicine and individual department requirements must be met.
  • The rotation must be available during the requested time period.

Application Process

Please review the following documents and submit them as part of your VSAS application, where we are listed as ‘Keck SOM of U of So California.’

Visiting Student Letter

Eric Cohen Student Health Center Letter

Visiting Student Immunization/Serology Records

USC Notice of Privacy Practices

Click here to apply online through VSAS

Diversity in Medicine

Visiting Student Clerkship Award Announcement

Application for Visiting Students Clerkship Award


Please note that the Keck School of Medicine is unable to provide or arrange housing, board or travel expenses. No stipend is provided during this clerkship. Although we do not offer formal housing placement, some information regarding housing and transportation is provided here.