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Elective Information

Visiting fourth-year medical students are invited to apply for elective rotations offered by each of the clinical departments of the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell.
All students attending US LCME accredited medical schools or COCA accredited AACOM member colleges are required to use the AAMC Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS) to apply for Zucker School of Medicine rotations. Students from Ben Gurion and Sackler are invited to apply through a special application that can be obtained from their school.

Due to the volume of applications, unfortunately we do not accept applicants from foreign medical schools


  • Must be in good academic standing
  • Must be currently enrolled in an LCME accredited medical school or COCA accredited AACOM member college
  • Must be taking elective for credit
  • Must upload a copy of your USMLE Step 1 Score. COMLEX scores are not a substitute for USMLE Step 1 score.
  • BLS – home school must verify that student has a current BLS certification
  • Student must upload a current CV
  • Photo - current photograph, preferably a head-shot in professional attire
  • Transcript – home school must provide transcript
  • Background check – home school must provide date that student passed background check
  • Mask fit – home school must verify that student has passed mask fit test
  • OSHA/HIPAA – home school must verify that student is in compliance with OSHA/HIPAA training requirements
  • Clerkships – home school must verify that the following clerkships have been completed: Medicine, Psychiatry, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Surgery, and Pediatrics 
  • Health insurance – home school must verify that it requires students to hold personal health insurance 
  • Medical liability and/or malpractice insurance will be covered by the home school during this elective time in the amounts of: $3,000,000 in aggregate and $1,000,000 per instance
  • Personal Statement - it is strongly suggested that a personal statement be uploaded by the student to VSAS explaining his/her interest in the elective

 Only After Acceptance of an Elective Offer

  • Upload completed Northwell Health System Medical Clearance Form and all supporting documentation (i.e. lab reports). Please do not email regarding your records until after acceptance.  After you have uploaded your documents, please send an email to notify our health services:
  • NY State Infection Control Course Certificate – as a NY state institution, we must require proof of completion of this course.
Apply VSAS

 Elective Rotation Dates

June 5 – July 2, 2017

July 3 - July 30, 2017

July 31 - August 27, 2017

August 28 - September 24, 2017

September 25 - October 22, 2017

October 23 - November 19, 2017

November 20 - December 15, 2017

January 2 - January 28, 2018

January 29 - February 25, 2018

February 26 - March 25, 2018

March 26 - April 22, 2018

For additional information, please contact the Office of Student Records:

Vanessa Fyfe
Program Coordinator, Student Records
Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
500 Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549
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