Away Electives: I need a background check.

Before entry into medical school, P&S students complete a background check with the AAMC. P&S does not have access to the AAMC background checks, and therefore cannot verify the information in them. Please contact a service rep if you have any questions:

There are several services that students have used in the past, such as,, and the NYPD Headquarters, 1 Police Plaza NYC.

P&S Public Security does not offer background checks.

Columbia University Medical Center does not endorse any one background check, and there are many more options available online. Please use caution when submitting personal information to any website.

If the away elective application requires P&S to sign off that the background check was completed (in VSAS or otherwise), send a copy of the background check through a UserVoice ticket, or Suite 1103 (11th Floor) of the VEC building.


  1. Away Electives: I need a background check.
  2. Away Electives: I need a Letter of Good Standing for an away elective.
  3. Away Electives: The site I want has a different schedule than Columbia. How do I schedule my electives there AND here?
  4. Away Electives: I need to verification/an update of my Respirator Mask Fitting certificate.
  5. Away Electives: I want to set up a Self-Arranged Away elective.
  6. Away Electives: I need a copy of Columbia's Memorandum of Insurance (liability or malpractice).
  7. Away Electives: I want to send a P&S evaluation to an away elective.
  8. Evaluations: My away elective grade is different between OASIS and SSOL.
  9. OASIS Lottery: How do I add/drop an course selection during the lottery?
  10. OASIS Lottery: There is a course missing from the available selections.
  11. On Rotation: Where and when do I report to my elective?
  12. Registration: I want to add a Vacation month.
  13. Registration: I want to add a traditional Away Elective.
  14. Registration: I want to add a "Waitlist Only" course in OASIS.
  15. Registration: I want to set up a Self-Arranged Research Elective.
  16. Registration: How do I add/drop a D&I course from my schedule?
  17. Registration: I want to set up a Self-Arranged Preceptorship.
  18. Registration: I want to change my Ready4Residency month.
  19. Registration: I want to add/drop an elective within 4 weeks of the start date.
  20. Registration: I want to audit my electives schedule to make sure I'm on track for graduation.
  21. Registration: What type of electives can I take at CUMC?
  22. VSAS: I only received 20 authorizations. What if I need more?
  23. VSAS: How do I upload my transcript and/or Letters of Rec?
  24. VSAS: I need my verification screen updated.

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