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.

2023-2024 Rotations Timeline

  • February 14th: VSLO catalog will be open to view.
  • March 7th: Applications will start being accepted.

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.


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.

Diversity in Medicine

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion of the Keck School of Medicine (KSOM) offers the Diversity in Medicine Visiting Clerkship Award, which provides support for fourth year underrepresented in medicine (UIM) medical students to participate in the KSOM visiting student clerkship program. This award is designed to help build a comprehensive sense of connection on the Keck campus by leveraging the diverse array of experiences that exist among the Trojan family as well as in the distinctly diverse community of greater Los Angeles.

The following departments offer visiting student rotations: Anesthesiology, Dermatology, Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, Ob/Gyn, Pathology, Pediatrics, Ophthalmology, Psychiatry, Radiology, Radiation Oncology, Surgery, Neurosurgery, Orthopedic Surgery, Otolaryngology, Urology

Diversity in Surgery

The Department of Surgery at the University of Southern California has recognized the growing need for its residency program to be a direct representation of the patient population it serves. To this end, the Department, in combination with the Keck Medicine of USC Community Benefit and Outreach Program, has created the Diversity Sub-Internship Scholarship Award aimed at attracting under-represented minority students to our institution. This award will be targeted at medical students from diverse backgrounds with goals of producing an outstanding sub-internship experience, facilitating community volunteering, providing strong mentorship opportunities, and increasing exposure to our faculty and residents.

Visiting Student Clerkship Award Announcement