Requirements

  • All prerequisites must be met before you will be approved for the rotation. This includes the completion of all core rotations AND status as a final year medical student when you are scheduled to participate in the rotation.
  • Most medical schools will provide a certificate of insurance. If your school does not provide malpractice insurance for you on "away" electives, please be sure to provide proof of insurance. You will not be approved without documentation that you have malpractice insurance.
  • Please provide proof of immunizations, specifically Diphtheria/tetanus booster within 10 years, Hepatitis B vaccination or immune status, Tuberculin status with documentation and intradermal PPD completed within one year of the starting date of rotation, chicken pox disease history or titer, and MMR for applicants born after 1957.

    Effective January 1, 2002, the Office of Medical Student Education will require medical students and graduate students to provide proof of the following immunizations in order to begin a scheduled rotation:

    1. Varicella rubella, titers, and/or proof of immunization MMR (mumps, measles, rubella)
    2. Recent documented TST test or recent chest x-ray (< 1 year) if known TST positive
    3. Proof of hepatitis B immunity (serology)
    4. Proof of bloodborne pathogen training or training will be provided prior to starting rotation
  • Proof of health insurance must be provided before the student can start his/her rotation. The Cleveland Clinic does not provide health insurance to students.
  • Please have your school forward a letter of good academic standing and approval of the elective for credit. An evaluation of your performance on the rotation will be forwarded to your school upon completion of the elective.
  • Students are required to provide a copy of completing a criminal background check within one year of the requested start date of the rotation.
International Students

In addition to the above, additional requirements include the following:

  1. The medical school must be accredited in the home country meaning there must be more native students enrolled than foreign students.
  2. USMLE Step I - You must provide proof of a passing score on this examination. The USMLE is not waived. It is required for all medical students.
  3. A demonstrated proficiency in written and spoken English is to be provided (TOEFL exam).
  4. International students are encouraged to apply in the noncompetitive months of December – April.
  5. Applications are to be supported with a letter from the Dean of the International Medical School.
  6. Students are required to provide a copy of completing a criminal background check within one year of the requested start date of the rotation.