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PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO THE CURRENT COVID-19 PANDEMIC, OUR POLICIES REGARDING OUR 2020-2021 ACADEMIC YEAR HAVE CHANGED. The Zucker SOM (ZSOM) endorses the Coalition for Physician Accountability Working Group’s 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:

Online/virtual rotations:

Our Urology department has posted two virtual rotations, the remainder of our virtual rotations will be offered beginning June 15th. Visiting students from all schools may apply to participate in any online/virtual rotations offered by ZSOM through VSLO, and must meet all eligibility requirements.

In person rotations:

Beginning on September 21st, ZSOM will accept visiting students in a limited capacity and will prioritize students from schools within a 60-mile radius:

 - who have a specialty interest and do not have access to a clinical experience with a residency program in that specialty in their school’s system, or

 - for whom an away rotation is required for graduation or accreditation requirements.

For in-person rotations, qualifying students can begin to apply on August 1st.

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.

 Eligibility

  • 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.

 Only After Acceptance of an In-Person Elective Offer

  • 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
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 Elective Rotation Dates

June 1 – June 28, 2020

June 29 – July 26, 2020

July 27 – August 23, 2020

August 24 – September 20, 2020

September 21 – October 18, 2020

October 19 – November 15, 2020

November 16 – December 13, 2020

December 14 – December 18, 2020/ January 4 – January 24 2021

January 25 – February 21, 2021

February 22 – March 21, 2021

March 22 – April 18, 2021

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

Vanessa Gonzalez, MA
Program Coordinator of 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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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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