Clinical electives are available to students who are in their final year of medical school. The Cleveland Clinic will be using VSAS, the Visiting Student Application Service, to receive visiting student applications for requesting elective rotations. To apply to our institution, please complete and submit a VSAS application for your preferred electives and dates. For more information on VSAS, please visit

VSAS is currently only available for medical students from U.S. LCME accredited schools. The Cleveland Clinic also accepts Osteopathic, Canadian and international student elective requests which these groups will continue to use our application.
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A completed application should be forwarded to the Department of Medical Student Education. Please indicate on the application the preferred rotations and dates. There is a limit of two rotations per student per academic year. All of our rotations are four weeks in length. There are no fees associated with the elective program application process.

Please make sure all supporting documents are sent to Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, Department of Medical Student Education - NA24, 9500 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44195.

Elective rotations are scheduled six months in advance. Students will be notified of either acceptance or denial of their application.

Once your assignment has been confirmed, either by phone and/or mail, you are expected to complete the rotation. While cancellation may be necessary, please do so at least 30 days in advance. Upon canceling, the student will need to notify his or her school.

The Cleveland Clinic shall admit students of any race, color, religion, sex, age, national origins or ancestry, handicap, or status as a disabled or Vietnam veteran, to all rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to all of the students involved in any of the Cleveland Clinic's educational programs.

The Cleveland Clinic will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, nation origins or ancestry, handicap, or status as a disabled or military veteran, in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, training programs, stipend awards and all other such administrated programs.

Medical Student Elective Program, NA 24
9500 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44195