Broadening Educational Experiences

Visiting Students

The University of New Mexico School of Medicine welcomes visiting medical students to participate in fourth-year elective clerkships. Clerkships for visiting students are coordinated by the Office of Medical Student Affairs. The University of New Mexico School of Medicine requires all visiting students to meet the same standards expected of our own students.

Students from international medical schools may participate in our program. Regardless of citizenship, students are considered an international student if their training, including the basic sciences, occurred at a school outside of the United States. This includes students from "Off-Shore" and Caribbean Schools.

Please review the Visiting Student Course Catalog for information on courses and application requirements.

Following guidance from the Coalition for Physician Accountability (a cross-organizational group of national medical education organizations), the UNM School of Medicine has adopted the following guidelines for away rotations during the 2020-21 academic year:

  • Visiting students will not be accepted, except in cases where a student’s specialty is not represented within a residency program at their home school. Incoming visiting students will be required to complete an exception form, signed by their home institution attesting that the student the home institution does not have a residency program in their chosen specialty. The form will need to be uploaded to VSAS/VSLO as part of the required application paperwork.
  • UNM School of Medicine will begin accepting VSA/VSLO visiting student applicants Aug. 15, 2020, (after UNM student schedules have been finalized) for rotations occurring Oct.12, 2020, and later.
  • Visiting students entering the state from another state or country, returning from the Four Corners area, or from any other area specified by university or state guidelines, may be required to self-quarantine for up to two weeks, as determined by university and state mandates as well as occupational health review.
  • UNM School of Medicine will ONLY accept students from the following states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

Other Forms


The UNM School of Medicine has discontinued use of paper application forms for international visiting applicants. ALL international applicants must now submit their applications through the AAMC’s web-based VSLO (Visiting Student Learning Opportunities) application system. If you are unsure whether or not your home institution participates in VSLO, please contact your home student affairs office.

Please keep in mind, per our Visiting MD Student Guidelines (outlined in the catalog above), visiting students may NOT seek clerkship “pre-approval” from UNM.


Physical Address

Fitz Hall room 107

Mailing Address

UNM SOM Office of Medical Student Affairs
MSC 08 4700, 1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Email Address


Fax: 505-272-8239

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
(Mountain Standard Time)
We are closed on holidays and during SOM event days.

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