Visiting Students

**Update: If intending to apply for 2017 dates, please do not create an OASIS account at this time. We will post the new academic year to OASIS later this Fall 2016, and you will be able to select '2017' as your registration year. If you already created a 2016 account, we can modify your application year later this Fall 2016, and you can request the update by submitting a ticket in UserVoice

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
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 8/1/2016 9/1/2016 mid-September 2016
December 2016 8/1/2016 10/1/2016 mid-October 2016
January 2017 TBD 11/1/2016 mid-November 2016
February 2017 TBD 12/1/2016 mid-December 2016
Please note: P&S will not be accepting applications for March and April 2017. Students applying for January-February 2017 should not create OASIS accounts until the '2017' year appears in the initial application registration screen. Do not create duplicate accounts - if you have an issue with your current account, please submit a ticket to UserVoice.

**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.

Housing at CUMC

During the busy summer months, visiting students can review housing options on or near campus using Rotating Room: https://rotatingroom.com/Housing may also be available on-campus between October through April of each year through the CUMC Housing Office.