Visiting Students

**Applications for the 2015-16 academic year (May 2015 through April 2016) are not open at this time. DO NOT submit an application for electives in May 2015 and forward. As we transition to a new system, we will update this site with more information closer to the end of February 2015.


Visiting Student Eligibility
The following student groups are eligible to apply to P&S for a 4-week rotation:

Visiting students are not eligilble for some electives in our P&S Electives Catalog. Please review the entire course description for eligibility information.

Application & Decision Timelines

Eligible visiting students must apply online for electives listed in the P&S Electives Catalog.

Some electives also require permission from the Course Director, which must be submitted to the Office of Student Affairs at no fewer than 60 days in advance of the desired elective month before final approval can be given. All applications are due no fewer than 60 days prior to the month for which you are applying, and students will be notified no later than six weeks prior to the start of the desired month. Visiting students are asked not to contact Course Directors directly except where permission is required to take an elective.

All inquiries must go through the Office of Student Affairs at

**Elective availability information is not distributed to visiting students, and all elective placements are final. Students may not change electives once placed.**


International Students

Prior to applying to P&S, international students must receive approval from their home institution to participate in the affiliation program. International students who are not approved by their home institution are not permitted to participate in electives at P&S and applications from such students will be denied. Applications from international students not currently enrolled at an exchange institution will all be denied. P&S will not process applications from ineligible students.

Students will be notified no later than six weeks prior to the start of the month(s) for which they are applying. As capacity for Spring and Summer 2014 courses has not yet been determined, please keep in mind that any Course Director approvals for electives that require permission are conditional until official elective approvals are released by the Office of Medical Education.


Application Requirements & Fees

Visiting students are required to submit an online application as well as a transcript, CV, passport size photo, and P&S Dean's Certification and Vaccination forms. Only the P&S Dean's Certification and Vaccination forms found in the visiting student application instructions page will be accepted. For convenience, you may download the forms here as well: P&S Dean's Certification; P&S Vaccination Form.

A letter of recommendation from a faculty member in the core clerkship most closely related to the desired elective specialty and USMLE Board scores may be requested as well. Please visit individual course descriptions to determine if this is required for the elective(s) for which you are applying. Note that requirements vary slightly depending on the institutional affiliation, and some students may be required to submit a letter of recommendation regardless of the desired elective(s).

Unless otherwise noted in this paragraph, the fee for accepting a P&S elective is $150; the application itself is free. Once visiting students receive approval for elective study at P&S, they will be directed to a link to submit the appropriate payment. Elective fees are waived for Ben Gurion University and approved international exchange students. Sackler New York students must send the confirmation email to their school in order for a check of $150 to be issued to CUMC on their behalf.


Elective Schedule

Electives are offered year-round. Unless otherwise specified in the course description, all electives begin on the first day of the month and end on the last. Visiting students are asked to adjust their schedules to meet this timetable as Course Directors are not obligated to honor alternative dates. Once 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.


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.