Elective Information

Elective Information


The Zucker SOM (ZSOM) endorses the Coalition for Physician Accountability Working Group’s revised recommendations. The link to our full policy can be found here: https://medicine.hofstra.edu/policy/policy-visiting-fourth-year-students.html

Please be advised of the following:

Accepted visiting students may begin in-person visiting rotations at ZSOM no earlier than August 1, 2021, and may apply for in-person rotations no earlier than May 1, 2021. Only one in-person visiting elective per specialty per student is permitted.

Accepted visiting students may begin online/virtual visiting rotations offered through the ZSOM no earlier than June 1, 2021.

To Note: Due to high volume of interest, we cannot accept telephone calls regarding the status of your application. You will be notified through VSLO of any updates. Please email any questions to: SOMregistrar@hofstra.edu.

All students attending US LCME accredited medical schools or COCA accredited AACOM member colleges are required to use the AAMC Visiting Student Learning Opportunities service (VSLO) to apply for Zucker School of Medicine rotations. Due to the volume of applications, we do not accept applicants from foreign medical schools that do not already have an affiliation agreement with the Zucker School of Medicine.

  • Must be in good academic standing
  • Must be currently enrolled in an LCME accredited medical school or COCA accredited AACOM member college
  • Must be taking elective for credit
  • Must upload a copy of your USMLE Step 1 Score. COMLEX scores are not a substitute for USMLE Step 1 score.
  • BLS – home school must verify that student has a current BLS certification
  • Student must upload a current CV
  • Photo - current photograph, preferably a head-shot in professional attire
  • Transcript – home school must provide transcript
  • Background check – home school must provide date that student passed background check
  • Mask fit – home school must verify that student has passed mask fit test
  • OSHA/HIPAA – home school must verify that student is in compliance with OSHA/HIPAA training requirements
  • Clerkships – home school must verify that the following clerkships have been completed: Medicine, Psychiatry, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Surgery, and Pediatrics 
  • Health insurance – home school must verify that it requires students to hold personal health insurance 
  • Medical liability and/or malpractice insurance will be covered by the home school during this elective time in the amounts of: $3,000,000 in aggregate and $1,000,000 per instance
  • Personal Statement - it is required that a personal statement be uploaded by the student to VSLO explaining his/her interest in the elective
  • NY State Infection Control Course Certificate – as a NY state institution, we must require proof of completion of this course.
June 7 – July 4, 2021
July 6 – August 1, 2021
August 2 – August 29, 2021
August 30 – September 26, 2021
September 27 – October 24, 2021
October 25 – November 21, 2021
November 22 – December 17, 2021
January 3 – January 30 2022
January 31 – February 27, 2022
February 28 – March 27, 2022
March 28 – April 24, 2022

Upload completed Northwell Health System Medical Clearance Form and all supporting documentation (i.e. lab reports). Please do not email regarding your records until after acceptance.  After you have uploaded your documents, please send an email to notify our health services: qualityrn@northwell.edu



For additional information, please contact the Office of Student Records:

Vanessa Gonzalez, MSEd, MA
Assistant Director of Student Records
Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
500 Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549

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Gina Scarchilli
Coordinator, Student Records and Visiting Student Services
Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
500 Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549

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