International Medical Student Education

Welcome and thank you for your interest in the International Medical Student Education program at the University of Florida College of Medicine – Gainesville. Our faculty, residents and fellows are proud to participate in the education of future physicians. We provide an excellent broad-based clinical experience at our major teaching hospital, UF Health Gainesville, as well as at other affiliated sites.

Clinical rotations in nearly all the major disciplines are available to international medical students attending non-LCME accredited schools.

FAQs

Can I participate in rotations at UF College of Medicine?

The UF College of Medicine International Medical Student Education program is only available to final-year medical student from non LCME accredited institutions. Since many international programs do not participate in VSLO, UF College of Medicine does not use VSLO for interested students. All requests and applications are handled internally through UF.

Does my school have a current affiliation agreement with UF?

UF College of Medicine requires an approved affiliation agreement to be in place first before moving forward with rotation requests. Students will not be able to participate in clinical electives unless an approved affiliation agreement exists. Please use the Affiliated University & College Map to verify if your home institution has an existing affiliation agreement.

What if my school does not have a current executed agreement?

Please email UFCOM-International@ad.ufl.edu to request the affiliation template.

How long does it take to get an agreement executed?

New affiliation agreements typically take 6-8 weeks for execution; however, sometimes may take longer if the international school requests several changes to the template.

Are there any additional requirements?

Yes.

  • Students must have completed all of the following core clerkships: Family Medicine, Medicine, Neurology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and Surgery.
  • The USMLE Step 1 passing score or “PASS” result is a mandatory requirement. Requests to waive this will not be considered.

Which Gainesville departments do not accept visiting international students?

The UF College of Medicine Gainesville Departments of Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine, Nephrology, Neurosurgery, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Ophthalmology, Pediatrics, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Psychiatry, Radiology and Surgery do not accept students from non-LCME accredited medical schools.

The UF College of Medicine Jacksonville does offer specialty rotations in many of the departments listed above, with the exception of Family Medicine. For more information on electives offered at the University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville, please contact the Office of Student Affairs at (904) 244-5128 or email Dani Brown.

Which Gainesville departments do accept visiting international students?

The UF College of Medicine Gainesville offers specialty rotations, only with the Departments or Divisions of Anesthesiology, Dermatology, Hematology, Neurology, Neurological Surgery (Observership only), Orthopaedics, Otolaryngology, Pathology (Observership only) , Radiation Oncology, and Urology.

Please note. Sub-Internships; the required Emergency Medicine, Geriatrics, and Anesthesia clerkships; and Internship 101 are not available to visiting international students.

What is an Observership?

Observership is a temporary, unpaid clinical shadowing experience for persons not formally associated with UF/UF Health, who wish to shadow a UF Health clinician rendering patient care for purposes of enhancing the observer’s knowledge about the provision of care. Observers must be accompanied and/or supervised by a UF representative at all times. 

What is the elective schedule?

UF College of Medicine Gainesville offers two-week or four-week elective rotation options. Please review the Elective Schedule:

2022-2023 Elective Rotation Dates

2023-2024 Elective Rotation Dates

Please note. Upcoming academic year (23-24) scheduling will not begin until February. Requests submitted ahead of this time will not be considered.

How many rotations can I request?

You may request up to 4 rotations. Please include preferred dates along with each rotation. After reviewing the 4th Year Course Catalogue you may send your rotations request to Jerell Blackburn at UFCOM-International@ad.ufl.edu.

How do I apply?

Prospective international applicants will apply using the How To Apply link below. Additionally, students must complete and return the Application Packet within the How To Apply web page.

How much does it cost?

There will be a nonrefundable application processing fee of $30.00. Additionally, there will be a weekly rotation fee of $900.00 per elective. The $900 is compensation to UFCOM for the educational training and administrative support provided to students during their rotation. This fee is similar to the cost to UF College of Medicine students for comparable credit.

Payment for the rotation must be made no later than 10 business days prior to the start date for which you are approved.

Is there a dress code?

Yes. Students participating in clinical rotations will be expected to adhere to the UF College of Medicine Dress Code policy. Additionally, students must wear proper identification ie. Gator1 ID badge.

Does the College of Medicine offer housing?

UF College of Medicine does not offer student housing. Students remain responsible for all housing arrangements and living expenses for the duration of their rotation. The UF Department of Housing and Residence Life helps students find housing both on and off campus.

Graduate and Family Housing offers attractive housing options specifically reserved for graduate and professional students, as well as student with families of their own.

UF Off Campus Life assists students with off-campus housing and their transition to the Gainesville community.

How can I get to and around campus?

UF’s custom-made, mobile-friendly Campus Map makes getting to campus easy, whether you’re walking, cycling, or driving.

Gainesville Regional Transit System (RTS) is the local area transit corporation that serves the University of Florida and Greater Gainesville area. Students can ride for free with a Gator1 ID.

The City of Gainesville and University of Florida are bicycle-friendly communities, as many employees and students opt to ride their bikes to campus.

Students who drive to campus and park during decal-restricted hours must display a valid UF parking decal or permit, or park in a metered space or paid parking facility and pay the appropriate fee. All vehicles parked on campus must obey UF’s parking rules and regulations.

Does UF College of Medicine offer any other opportunities?

Yes. UF College of Medicine offers the following programs, each with its own application process and requirements. Please click on the links below for more information:

Volunteer/Shadowing
Global Health Education Program