Policy Statement on Extramural Rotations and Visiting Students, AY 2020-2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly disrupted the conduct of medical education, on a global scale.  While University of Illinois College of Medicine students usually explore a variety of domestic and international rotation opportunities during their final year of medical school, and the College likewise hosts a number of students from other schools on our campus, this year’s educational experiences must necessarily be approached very differently.

The College of Medicine endorses and will follow the recommendations of the Association of American Medical Colleges, which discourage away rotations for medical students, with limited exceptions. The AAMC recommendations can be found at https://www.aamc.org/what-we-do/mission-areas/medical-education/away-rotations-interviews-2020-21-residency-cycle.   The College’s specific policy is as follows.  This is applicable through November 1, 2020 and will be reassessed in the interim.

  • College of Medicine students will not be approved for, and credit will not be provided for, any extramural rotations that are scheduled to occur any time before November 1, 2020. An extramural rotation is defined as an educational experience sponsored by an institution other than the University of Illinois College of Medicine. Clerkships listed in the College catalog of electives and taking place at any of the College’s four campuses in Chicago, Peoria, Rockford, and Urbana and our affiliated clinical sites are considered intramural, and these restrictions do not apply.

There are three exceptions to this general restriction:

  1. The AAMC recommendations allow an exception for “Learners who have a specialty interest and do not have access to a clinical experience with a residency program in that specialty within the school’s system.” The residency programs sponsored by and located at the College’s campuses and leading to primary specialty certification can be seen in the table below.  Note that clinical resources in all specialties are available within the College, such that there should be little or no need for such exceptions.
  1. Students with military obligations are often required to complete a core Phase 2 rotation and/or certain elective rotations at military medical facilities. These commitments will be honored.
  1. Any elective course that is conducted online and does not require travel to another institution will be allowed.
  • These restrictions apply as well to students from other medical schools seeking to rotate at our campuses. We will entertain exceptions on a case-by-case basis for students at other domestic schools who do not have access to the requisite rotations in their area of specialty interest, provided all University of Illinois College of Medicine students have already been accommodated.  Otherwise, no visiting students, international or domestic, will be able to undertake electives at the College, beginning immediately and including those rotations already scheduled, through November 1, 2020.  Students from other schools will be able to apply to online courses offered by the College.

The table below lists all categories of ACGME-accredited residency programs that students can enter as a first-year resident, and their availability within the programs sponsored at each of the College’s campuses.

Chicago Peoria Rockford
Emergency Medicine
Family Medicine (3 programs)
Internal Medicine
Neurological Surgery
Child Neurology [1] (available within neurology depts)
Nuclear Medicine
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Pathology, Anatomic & Clinical
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation [2] (Schwab)
Plastic Surgery
Preventive Medicine
Radiation Oncology [3] (U of Chicago)
Diagnostic Radiology
Interventional Radiology
General Surgery [4]

[1] The departments of neurology at Chicago and Peoria have active child neurology services; their faculty and residents are able to provide the appropriate experiences and support to students for residency application.  There are very few categorical child neurology programs in the country.

[2] The faculty at Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital, part of the Sinai Health System, one mile SW of the UI Health campus, are members of the UIC faculty. Although the PM&R residency is separately sponsored by Schwab, their residents rotate within the UI Hospitals and Clinics, and there are active medical student rotations as well.

[3] The radiation oncology service at UI Health is affiliated with the University of Chicago; faculty have joint appointments and residents from the University of Chicago program rotate regularly at UI Health.

[4] While most vascular surgery and thoracic surgery pathways begin with matching into a general surgery program, there are now a few integrated programs available for matching into the PG-1 year.  As noted above for child neurology, our departments of surgery are able to provide these experiences.


How do I see what’s offered?

Who do I contact?

Since June 2nd, 2008, Visiting Student Applications have been coordinated by specific Departmental Contacts.

The Departmental Contact will verify your eligibility and may tentatively hold a place for you in the desired clinical experience.

Students must have completed the six core clerkships:Medicine, Obstetrics/Gynecology Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Family Medicine and Surgery.

Other specific requirements also apply: identification, insurance, immunizations, etc. A fee may be assessed. Students may apply for a lifetime maximum of 12 weeks of elective experience at the UIC COM.

UIC College of Medicine Visiting Student Guide

Who may apply?

The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine (UIC COM) accepts Visiting Medical Students from LCME-approved, osteopathic, and affiliated international institutions.

Clinical Experiences offered to Visiting Students

These are currently listed in a pdf document with their administrative contact information. You may browse each page or search for specific terms such as cardio, neuro, gyn, oto  etc. using the find feature, (Cntl-F).

As more experiences are added, the pages will be updated. We anticipate posting this in a dynamic format later this year.

Not all experiences are offered to our international visitors. Excluded experiences (if any) are listed in red on the Departmental Contact’s information page.

Application Materials

These are provided eligible visitors by the College Department contact after your initial communication with the corresponding Departmental Contact. At that time, you may also learn of availability, schedule contraints/variations, etc. Your Departmental Contact will provide you with the URL for the Application and Immunization Compliance forms upon determination that you are eligible to apply. Send your completed application directly to the Departmental Contact.

The initial communication should include:

  • Your full name;

  • The name of the medical school in which you are currently enrolled;

  • The starting and ending dates (for the calendar year) for the elective(s) in which you are interested;

  • An affirmation, by you, that you have (or will have) completed and have grades for each of the five core clerkships:
    • Medicine
    • Obstetrics/Gynecology
    • Pediatrics
    • Psychiatry
    • Surgery
    • Family Medicine

If the Department determines that I’m eligible to apply, what else should I be prepared to include in my Application?

If it is determined that you are eligilble to apply and that space is available you will use a checklist to ensure that you are sending a complete application. This will avoid unnecessary delays/disapprovals from the Department or the Dean.