Visiting Students

Visiting Student Eligibility
Visiting students are eligible for electives at CUMC if:

  • Currently enrolled at one of the following: (1) Ben Gurion University, (2) International Exchange Affiliation (must be pre-approved by home school), (3) LCME-accredited school in the US/Canada, (4) Osteopathic school, and (5) Sackler School of Medicine New York Program;
  • Currently enrolled in their final year of medical school
  • Have completed core clerkships in Internal Medicine, Surgery, and 2 other specialties (including the elective specialty of which they are applying). 

For more information on eligibility for specific electives, please review the OASIS catalog for Visiting Students - each course has a “Notes” section with more information.

Application Instructions

All electives will use OASIS. Please follow the instructions within the application portal: Note that requirements vary slightly depending on student group.

  • Part A: Confirmation of Eligibility
    • Register with OASIS based on your student group, and follow Steps 1 through 4.
  • Part B: Institutional Review
    • Once P&S approves your Part A submission, you will receive further instruction to upload required documents.
    • Decisions will be made 6 weeks prior to start of desired elective month(s). 

Application & Decision Timelines

Desired Month

Part A Submission Deadline

Decision Made (Estimate)

June 2015


mid-April 2015

July 2015


mid-May 2015

August 2015


mid-June 2015

September 2015


mid-July 2015

October 2015


mid-August 2015

November 2015


mid-September 2015

December 2015


mid-October 2015

January 2016


mid-November 2015

February 2016


mid-December 2015

March 2016


mid-January 2016

April 2016


mid-February 2016

**Availability is not distributed to visiting students prior to placement, and all elective placements are final. Students may not change electives once placed.**


P&S Electives Schedule

All available elective start dates are listed in the OASIS Catalog for Visiting Students, and all electives must be 4 weeks in length.

AFTER approved for an elective, visiting students may contact Course Directors to request slight date adjustments, but should be aware that approvals of such requests are solely at the discretion of the Course Directors. Please see the P&S Visiting Student FAQ page for more information:

Types of Electives

  • Subinternship: The student will function as part of a team on a teaching service with responsibilities closely mirroring those of an intern. Students will have primary responsibility for patient care and may be required to take night calls. The most common subinternships are in Medicine, Pediatrics, Surgery, Neurosurgery, Orthopedic Surgery, Otolaryngology, Urology, Neurology, and Emergency Medicine.

  • Consult: The student will be under the direct supervision of house staff and attendings and will provide consultation to other in-hospital services. Students present cases and are responsible for follow-up of their patients. 

  • Preceptorship: The student will work directly with one faculty member during the course of the elective, performing or observing all the duties of that faculty member.

  • Research: Research electives are self-arranged opportunities for dedicated study on a topic agreed upon with a research supervisor. They are not available to visiting students, except where listed in the elective catalog.


Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons Affiliated Hospitals/Sites
Allen Pavilion (NYP)
5141 Broadway
New York, New York 10034
New York Presbyterian Hospital (NYP)
622 West 168th Street
New York, New York 10032
Harlem Hospital
135th Street and Lenox Avenue
New York, New York 10037
Milstein Hospital (NYP)
177 Ft. Washington Avenue
New York, New York 10032
Helen Hayes Hospital (OUTSIDE OF NYC)
Route 9W
West Haverstraw, New York 10993
Stamford Hospital (OUTSIDE OF NYC)
Shelburne Road at West Broad Street
PO Box 9317
Stamford, Connecticut 06902

The Allen Pavilion of Presbyterian Hospital is located at 5141 Broadway (near West 220th Street). It is not on the main Presbyterian Hospital site.