Visiting 4th Year Elective Program

Dear Prospective Applicant:

Geisel School of Medicine’s annual elective catalog opens for review and will receive applications on March 13, 2023.

Rotation start and end dates are fixed and cannot be changed.

Students may NOT contact individual course directors. In addition, due to the high volume of applications, we regret that we cannot take phone calls related to VSLO applications.

You may access the current offerings of Geisel School electives.

Applications will be considered providing the student is/has:

  • Enrolled in a medical school accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME)
  • Fully matriculated and in good standing as verified by their medical school Dean's Office
  • Successfully completed all prerequisite clinical core clerkships
  • Covered with personal health and liability insurance
  • Submitted the completed AAMC Standardized Immunization Form and the 2015 Geisel Polio Waiver Form.
  • Submitted written proof that training in OSHA universal standards has been completed within 12 months of the start of the desired elective
  • Submitted written proof of required 12 Panel Drug Screen (Amphetamine, Cocaine, Marijuana, Opiates, PCP, Methamphetamine, Barbiturates, Benzodiazepines, Methadone, Propoxyphene, Oxycodone, Buprenorphine). The drug screen must be within 30 days of your elective start date.
  • Proof of National background check no older than 2 years.

Acceptance into an elective is based primarily on availability, with priority being given to Geisel Medical students. Your application will be handled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Completed applications on VSLO (Visiting Student Learning Opportunities) and the $200.00 non-refundable acceptance fee (per elective) must be received in the Office of Clinical Education at least one week prior to your desired starting date for the elective.

If you are interested in taking a sub-internship elective, please be sure to include a copy of your transcript and a letter of support from your dean with your application.

An increasing number of students are completing graduate and professional school programs across the country with a documented learning, physical, or psychological disability. If you are such a student, we are eager to work with you at Geisel in arranging the reasonable accommodations for you that have been approved at your own medical school, so that you will get the most out of your elective experience at Geisel. Please note that Geisel School of Medicine provides funding for reasonable accommodations for its own students when they participate in electives at other institutions. Our expectations is that funding for such accommodations will be the responsibility of the visiting student's home medical school, or the individual students. All requests for accommodations should be directed to William Eidtson, at (603) 650-1125.

For students who are looking for housing accommodations, please use the following links:

We would like to thank you for your interest in The Geisel School of Medicine clinical electives program. Please email with any questions you have. I will respond as quickly as possible. No phone calls, please.

Dartmouth Visiting Student Program designed for students from underrepresented communities
The Dartmouth Visiting Student Program [DVSP] supports the educational goals of those systemically excluded from medicine, socially economically, or educationally disadvantaged, and others whose backgrounds and experiences diversify our clinical fields. Dartmouth offers 4th year medical students interested in pursuing residency training at Dartmouth Hitchcock Health the opportunity to participate in a four-week clinical elective. DVSP is designed to give students from underrepresented communities the experience of rotating at New Hampshire’s only academic medical center and the state’s largest health care system. For more information, please visit the DVSP webpage here.

International Students
The Clinical Education Office of Geisel School of Medicine does not have the resources necessary to process requests for International student rotations. If you would like to participate in an Authorized Observership at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Please contact the Office of Graduate Medical Education at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health. Please be aware that an authorized observation is not intended as a substitute for the standard D-H credentialing and privileging process and does not permit the provision of any level of patient care or “hands-on” medical training. GME may not be able to honor a request if the requested department has limited availability or does not offer authorized observations.

Maghan Porter
Department of Clinical Education