Policy on Visiting Fourth-Year Medical Students

The purpose of this policy is to provide guidance to visiting fourth-year medical students from other institutions who wish to participate in a rotation (elective or acting/sub-internship) through the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell (ZSOM) while promoting safety in the community and an equitable residency selection process.

The ZSOM endorses the Coalition for Physician Accountability Working Group’s recommendations updated as of December 13, 2021 for regulating extramural rotations to maintain safety, promote equity through the residency application process, and promote well-being. 

In person rotations:

Given the rapidly changing nature of the current COVID crisis, visiting student rotations may be canceled based on current conditions in the region. These cancellations will be based on prevailing university guidelines, municipal regulations, and state mandates. A student entering the state or country from another will be required to follow state guidelines related to testing and quarantine. Updated NYS guidelines can be found here. Updated international guidelines can be found here.
Barring the circumstances listed above, ZSOM will accept applications from visiting students, and the one elective per student limit will no longer apply.

Online/virtual rotations:

Visiting students from all schools may apply to participate in any online/virtual rotations offered by ZSOM through VSLO.


ZSOM Office of Student Records will review visiting student applications through VSLO.
Accepted visiting students may begin in-person visiting rotations at ZSOM no earlier than June 6, 2022, and may apply for in-person rotations no earlier than May 1, 2022.
Accepted visiting students may begin online/virtual visiting rotations offered through the ZSOM no earlier than June 6, 2022.


References to Regulations and/or Other Related Policies

Last Updated: December 2021