Visiting Students: How do I apply for electives at CUMC/P&S?

Visiting Student Eligibility
Visiting students are eligible for electives at CUMC if:
  • Currently enrolled at one of the following: (1) Ben Gurion University/MSIH, (2) International Exchange Affiliation (must be pre-approved by home school), (3) LCME-accredited school in the US/Canada, (4) Osteopathic school, and (5) Sackler School of Medicine New York Program;
  • Currently enrolled in their final year of medical school; 
  • Have completed core clerkships in Internal Medicine, Surgery, and 2 other specialties (including the elective specialty of which they are applying). 
For more information on eligibility for specific electives, please review the OASIS catalog for Visiting Students - each course has a “Notes” section with more information.

Application Instructions
Part A: Eligibility and Elective Preferences
For all electives in our catalog, please apply through OASIS here: https://oasis.cumc.columbia.edu/public/register/index.html. Register as a visiting student under the appropriate level:
  • VS Ben Gurion Student
  • VS International Student
  • VS LCME Student (US/Canada)
  • VS Osteopathic Student
  • VS Sackler NY Program Student
'VS' stands for Visiting Student.

Follow Steps 1-4 as outlined in OASIS.

Part B: Institutional Review
Once P&S approves your Part A submission, you will receive further instruction to upload required documents. Due to the volume of Part A submissions, please allow 1-2 weeks for Part A to be approved. Decisions will be made 6 weeks prior to start of desired elective month(s).

Visiting Students

  1. Visiting Students: Do I have access to CROWN?
  2. Visiting Students: How do I apply for electives at CUMC/P&S?
  3. Visiting Students: Do you allow 2 or 3 week electives?
  4. Visiting Students: How are applications considered or processed?
  5. Visiting Students: I didn't get my top choice elective. Does that mean it was not available?
  6. Visiting Students: Is housing available on-campus?
  7. Visiting Students: Do I receive a Columbia UNI/email address?
  8. Visiting Students: Is there an application fee?
  9. Visiting Students: Where do I obtain my CUMC ID?
  10. Visiting Students: How do I access patient files?
  11. Visiting Students: I want to close my application.
  12. Visiting Students: Where can I receive my scrub code?
  13. Visiting Students: Can I request different dates?
  14. Visiting Students: Where do I receive my CUMC evaluation(s)?
  15. Visiting Students: Are the electives I applied to available?
  16. Visiting Students: I was charged twice for the application/attendance fee. How can I receive a refund?
  17. Visiting Students: I am from an unaffiliated international school. Can I still apply?
  18. Visiting Students: I am an international student, and I need a verification letter for my visa application.
  19. Visiting Students: Can I use P&S Student Health Services?
  20. Visiting Students: What vaccinations do you require?
  21. Visiting Students: Where and when do I report to my rotation?
  22. Visiting Students: I want to work with a specific faculty member at P&S. How do I set up a self-arranged opportunity?
  23. Visiting Students: Do you provide parking or parking discounts?
  24. Visiting Students: Can I check books out of the P&S and hospital libraries?
  25. Visiting Students: I need certification that I attended CUMC/P&S for a license/residency program.
  26. Visiting Students: What type of visa will cover my time in the United States?

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