Visiting Student Learning Opportunities (VSLO)
Welcome and thank you for your interest in the VSLO 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.
Can I participate in rotations at UF College of Medicine?
To participate as a visiting student, you must be a fourth year student in good standing. In addition, you must have the permission of your academic dean to take an extramural course outside the institution in which you are enrolled.
How do I apply?
To apply for a rotation, submit your application and supporting documents via the VSLO program. Please note that documentation of successful completion of a background check and drug screen must be received before your application can be processed.
How many rotations can I request?
UF College of Medicine allows each visiting student up to an 8 weeks of rotation. Rotations range from 2 – 4 weeks depending on the specialty.
What is the elective schedule?
UF College of Medicine Gainesville offers two-week or four-week elective rotation options. Please review the Elective Schedule:
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.
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. In short, students should wear proper business attire, home institution white laboratory coat and Gator1 ID badge at all times during rotation hours.
How much does it cost?
Students from Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) accredited institutions will be responsible for the $40 application fee for up to three applications submitted (to any institution; in the U.S. or Global network) and $15 for each additional application. Application fees are per elective regardless of requested dates for that elective.
There will be a weekly rotation fee of $1000 and application processing fee of $50.00 for students from Osteopathic schools outside of the state of Florida. The $1000/week fee is similar to the cost to UF College of Medicine students for comparable credit.
Are there any additional requirements?
You must be covered by malpractice insurance, have personal health insurance, be current with your required immunizations, have completed local/state, and national criminal background checks, and passed an official drug screen. At least two weeks prior to beginning a rotation at the University of Florida College of Medicine, visiting students must complete and submit the following documentation via VSLO. • Immunization Form for Visiting Students • UF Health Patient Security & Confidentiality • Shands Patient Records Request • Liability Confirmation Form • Affidavit
The following documents should be completed and uploaded to VSLO:
- UF Health Patient Security & Confidentiality
- AAMC Standardized Immunization Form
- Notarized Affidavit
- Liability Confirmation Form completed by your Home School Official
- HIPPA Training Certificate of Completion – follow the Gatorlink & HIPPA Training Instructions