Visiting Medical Students

Medical students from other U.S. institutions in their final year of medical school may apply to take an elective at UTMB through the Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS). Access to VSAS is granted by your home school.

If you are a third year or preparing to enter your final year, please note that we will not begin accepting applications until the middle of April or early May.

General Information:

UTMB does not offer off block elective rotations. No exceptions will be made.
Visiting students should not contact departments.
Some departments may have additional specific requirements, see bottom of this page.
Applications will not be considered if required documents are missing. The application will be noted as ineligible.
All documents must be uploaded to VSAS. We will not accept any documents that are faxed or emailed.
$100 processing fee per course due 10 days after acceptance email is received from UTMB Staff (not the VSAS notification)
All requirements must be completed before the application will be considered.

Visiting Student Eligibility Requirements for your school to complete via the VSAS verification form:

Must be in good academic standing
Have completed required clinical clerkships by the starting date of the desired elective
Have a passing score on the USMLE STEP 1 or COMLEX-USA Level 1 exam
Be covered by malpractice insurance (minimum $25,000/$75,000 required)
Be covered by personal health insurance
Have current BLS or ACLS certification
Have current OSHA certification
Have passed a Mask Fit test
Criminal Background Check

Additional Documentation Required:

Student: It is your responsibility to upload the following documents to VSAS.

UTMB Immunization Form, including actual copies of all required lab titers. For specific immunization requirements please review the UTMB Student Health Immunization Requirements.

Toxicology Screen - 10 Panel - must include the drugs listed below & have been tested within the past 24 months.

  • Amphetamines
  • Barbiturates
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Cannabinoids
  • Cocaine
  • Heroin
  • MDA-Analogues
  • Methadone
  • Methaqualone
  • Opiates
  • Phencyclidine
  • Propoxyphene

Additional Specific Department/Course Requirements:


  • Written statement why you chose this specialty and UTMB

OB/GYN - All Courses

  • USMLE score report for Step 1 exam, upload to VSAS


  • USMLE Score Report for Step 1 exam, CV (curriculum vitae), and transcript uploaded to VSAS

SURGERY - Plastic - SURU 4008, 4009

  • Current Curriculum Vitae (CV), upload to VSAS

You will be notified via VSAS regarding the status of your application. If you have questions, please contact us via email at Enrollment Services Visiting Students.

Visiting Medical Students from Non-U.S. Medical Schools

UTMB only admits non-U.S. medical students for visiting rotations if the student's school has a current affiliation agreement with UTMB. If you are a student at an affiliated school, you must be in your final year of medical school to qualify for enrollment in an elective course at UTMB. You are ineligible if you are not in your final year, or have finished medical school.

The UTMB Office of Enrollment Services does not offer or coordinate observerships. We are unaware that any UTMB department offers them.

As of the start of the current academic year, only Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia has a current affiliation agreement with UTMB.

Enrollment Services Information

Mailing Address:
Office of Enrollment Services
The University of Texas Medical Branch
301 University Boulevard
Galveston, Texas 77555-1305
Phone: 409-772-1215
Fax: 409-772-5056
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