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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 Learning Opportunities service (VSLO) to apply for Zucker School of Medicine rotations. Due to the volume of applications, we do not accept applicants from foreign medical schools that do not already have an affiliation agreement with the Zucker School of Medicine.


  • 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 required that a personal statement be uploaded by the student to VSLO explaining his/her interest in the elective
  • NY State Infection Control Course Certificate – as a NY state institution, we must require proof of completion of this course.

 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:
Apply VSAS

 Elective Rotation Dates

June 3 – June 30, 2019

July 1 – July 28, 2019

July 29 – August 25, 2019

August 26 – September 22, 2019

September 23 - October 20, 2019

October 21 – November 17, 2019

November 18 – December 15, 2019

December 16 – December 20, 2019/ January 6 – January 26 2020

January 27 – February 23, 2020

February 24 – March 22, 2020

March 23 – April 19, 2020

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

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