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USD welcomes visiting students interested in completing part of their training at our facilities.


You must be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident and in your fourth year of a four-year program at a Liaison Committee of Medical Education-accredited institution or an American Osteopathic Association-accredited institution.

You may apply for no more than eight total weeks of senior year electives, after passing USMLE Step One and completing the core clerkship, as required of third-year students. These core clerkships are:

  • Obstetrics and gynecology
  • Pediatrics
  • Internal medicine
  • Family medicine
  • Surgery
  • Neurology
  • Psychiatry

We do not give credit to visiting students. Your medical school must provide the final grade and evaluation form and give it to the evaluating department before beginning the rotation. We will return evaluations to your medical school upon completion of the elective.

Application Procedures

  • Download the visiting student application and all required forms here or request an application from
  • Complete all required forms with appropriate signatures and return no more than 6 weeks before the elective start date to: 

ATTN: Kim Kayl
Office Medical Student Affairs
The University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine
414 E. Clark Street
Vermillion, SD 57069

We'll notify you about the status of your application only after SSOM students have completed scheduling their senior electives. All visiting students must provide an official transcript, complete immunization records and proof of HIPAA training. You also need to have malpractice and health insurance.

If professional liability, malpractice or health insurance is not provided by your medical school, you'll need to get a special policy. We need proof of special coverage before approving the elective.

Our school and its affiliated hospitals do not provide for housing or meals, nor will they provide information and advice on available housing. When you arrive you should report to the approving department for further instructions.


Course Curriculum

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