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Visiting medical students

Find the fourth-year clinical elective or sub-internship you need to thrive.

Visiting medical students

Thanks for your interest in applying for a clinical elective as a fourth-year visiting student with Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. We offer a broad array of fourth-year elective clinical rotations that will enhance your medical knowledge through direct patient care experiences. 

We offer two- and four-week rotations. Electives are only open to fourth-year medical students enrolled in medical schools accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) or the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA). Electives are offered primarily to clinical campus students. The remainder of the electives are filled on a competitive basis.

We offer electives at our following sites:

Geisinger uses the Visiting Student Learning Opportunities Program (VSLO) for all visiting student fourth-year elective applications. We begin accepting applications for visiting student rotations in April every year and continue to accept applications through the fall and winter, depending on availability. View our catalog of elective offerings and block schedule via VSLO for available electives and rotation dates.

You’re welcome to apply for a visiting student rotation with us to expand your learning experiences. However, acceptance into and/or completion of a visiting rotation doesn’t guarantee an invitation for a residency interview.

Contact us

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Megan Longenberger 
Program Manager, Health Professions Education

Fourth-year clinical electives and sub-internships

Frequently asked questions

What is required for my VLSO application?

Visiting Student Learning Opportunities (VSLO) application requirements:

  1. Application
  2. Photograph
  3. CV
  4. Transcript
  5. AAMC Standardized Immunization Form 
  6. Confirmation of passing USMLE Step 1 or COMLEX Level 1 
  7. Home institution verification:
    1. Completed background checks
    2. Confirmation of current BLS
    3. Current medical liability and/or malpractice insurance 
    4. Confirmation student passed USMLE Step 1 or COMLEX Level 1
    5. Confirmation of good academic standing
    6. Confirmation of OSHA, mask fit test and HIPAA
    7. Completion of third-year core clerkships/required rotations
When will I hear back about my application?

Each department reviews all applications individually. Therefore, the response time for application decisions varies per department.  
What information should I know about orientation?

Once accepted for a rotation, you’ll receive an email from VSLO with details for your first morning. If you don’t receive the email, check your spam folder first before reaching out. Appropriate dress is business casual with a short white lab coat (men are required to wear a tie).
Is housing available for my rotation?

We have limited housing available for rotations located in Danville. If accepted for rotation, you’ll get a link to request housing, but it won’t be guaranteed. View recommended housing options for all areas.
Is parking available?

Parking is free to students in all employee parking areas of the hospitals. You don’t need to register your vehicle to access the lots.  
What are the best ways to reach the area?

Recommended airports:

  • Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
  • University Park Airport, State College, Pa.
  • Harrisburg International Airport, Harrisburg, Pa.
  • Philadelphia International Airport, Philadelphia, Pa.

A vehicle is recommended for the rotations.  

Do I receive a badge during a rotation?

No, you will not get a Geisinger-issued ID badge. You're required to wear your school-issued ID badge for the rotation. A proxy badge and/or scrub card will be provided. A $50 refundable deposit will be collected the first day of the rotation at orientation. 
Where are the rotation locations?

If your rotation is scheduled for Geisinger Medical Center, Danville (Central Campus): 100 N. Academy Ave., Danville, PA 17822

If your rotation is scheduled for Geisinger Lewistown Hospital, Lewistown (West Campus): 400 Highland Ave., Lewistown, PA 17044

If your rotation is scheduled for Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Wilkes Barre (Northeast Campus): 1000 East Mountain Blvd., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711

You may be asked to travel to different locations during your rotation to work with residency program directors and faculty.  

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