Visiting Students

**Update: Students applying to Neurosurgery, Orthopaedic Surgery, and Otolaryngology can apply for summer/fall dates in advance of May 1st in the OASIS application. See below for details.**

The 2016 P&S Visiting Student Application is open for registration. The 2017 Application will open later this Fall 2016. Please note the timeline below regarding the release of start dates. You will not be able to add these dates until the Opending Dates listed below. Please see our FAQ site here: https://psofficeofed.uservoice.com/knowledgebase/topics/105390-visiting-students.

Visiting Student Eligibility

Visiting students are eligible for electives at CUMC if:

  1. 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;
  2. Currently enrolled in their final year of medical school
  3. 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: https://oasis.cumc.columbia.edu/public/index.html. Note that requirements vary slightly depending on student level.

  • Part A: Confirmation of Eligibility
    • Register with OASIS based on your student group, and follow Steps 1 through 4.
  • Part B: Institutional Review
    • Required application documents include, but are not limited to: Part A, CV, Official Transcript, Photo, and the CUMC Vaccination Form.
    • Decisions will be made around 6 weeks prior to start of desired elective month(s). 

Application & Decision Timelines**

Desired Month Opening Date

Part A Submission Deadline

Decisions Made (Estimate)

May 2016 2/1/2016 3/1/2016 mid-March 2016
June 2016 2/1/2016 4/1/2016 mid-April 2016
Updated: Students who wish to pursue July and forward, but were already approved for May/June: please submit a ticket via UserVoice, and we can now restore your access to your original Part A. This means you do not need to submit a new application. 
July 2016 5/1/2016 5/15/2016* mid- to late-May 2016*
August 2016 5/1/2016 6/1/2016 mid-June 2016
September 2016 5/1/2016 7/1/2016 mid-July 2016
October 2016 5/1/2016 8/1/2016 mid-August 2016
November 2016 TBD 9/1/2016 TBD
December 2016 TBD 10/1/2016 TBD

*Due to P&S registration timeilnes, decisions for July 2016 may be delayed by 2 weeks as indicated above. Please plan accordingly.

**Students applying to the following departments can apply for summer/fall in advance of May 1st:

  • NUSR-NS01P **Neurosurgery Subinternships
  • ORTS-OR01P **Orthopaedic Surgery Subinternship
  • OTOL-OT01P **Otolaryngology Subinternship

Preference for these three electives is given to students going into the specific specialty.

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: https://psofficeofed.uservoice.com/knowledgebase/topics/105390-visiting-students.