For the 2021-22 academic year, Stritch School of Medicine will again be following the Coalition guidelines for visiting student rotations. Students will be able to begin applying for rotations on VSAS on April 15th. Rotations will begin with the August time period.


Effective May 18, 2020:

Dear Visiting Students:

Stritch is following the AAMC/LCME recommendations regarding externships/away rotations (, which state the following.

 “Recommendation 1 ― Away Rotations for Medical Students

The WG (Working Group) recommends that for the 2020-2021 academic year, away rotations be discouraged, except under the following circumstances:

  • Learners who have a specialty interest and do not have access to a clinical experience with a residency program in that specialty in their school’s system. 
  • Learners for whom an away rotation is required for graduation or accreditation requirements.

 Individuals meeting these exceptions should limit the number of away rotations as much as possible. Students should consider geographically proximate programs, when appropriate, to meet learning needs.”

If a student meets the exceptions listed above and needs to do an away elective, they should first check with the SSOM clinical department where the rotation is housed.  The individual departments have the final say if they will or will not host visiting students.  Some SSOM departments have already decided not to host visitors this academic year (i.e., Pediatrics).

 We strongly recommend that they be a local/nearby (Indiana versus New York).  In addition, students need to be cognizant of the fact that state law or policy may require a period of quarantine before entering Illinois or returning to your home state.  In addition, visiting students are limited to 4 weeks only.

 If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the SSOM Office of Registration and Records.


 SSOM Administration


Visiting Student Information

Stritch School of Medicine uses VSAS, the Visiting Student Application Service, to receive visiting student applications. To apply to our school, please complete a VSAS application for your preferred electives and dates. Please see the Registration Timetables below for opening registration dates for each period. For more information on VSAS, please visit

2021-22 Period DatesVisiting Student Earliest Registration Date
August 2, 2021 to August 27, 2021 May 3, 2021
August 30, 2021 to September 24, 2021 May 3, 2021
October 4, 2021 to October 29, 2021 May 3, 2021
November 1, 2021 to November 24, 2021 May 17, 2021
November 29, 2021 to December 22, 2021 June 1, 2021
January 3, 2022 to January 28, 2022 June 14, 2021
January 31, 2022 to February 25, 2022 June 28, 2021
February 28, 2022 to March 25, 2022 July 12, 2021
March 28, 2022 to April 22, 2022 July 26, 2021
May 2, 2022 to May 27, 2022* August 9, 2021
May 31, 2022 to June 24, 2022* August 23, 2021

*Limited elective rotations available in these months.


2020-21 Period DatesVisiting Student Earliest Registration Date
July 6, 2020 to July 31, 2020 March 23, 2020
August 3, 2020 to August 28, 2020 April 6, 2020
August 31, 2020 to September 25, 2020 April 20, 2020
October 5, 2020 to October 30, 2020 May 4, 2020
November 2, 2020 to November 25, 2020 May 18, 2020
November 30, 2020 to December 23, 2020 June 1, 2020
January 4, 2021 to January 29, 2021 June 15, 2020
February 1, 2021 to February 26, 2021 July 6, 2020
March 1, 2021 to March 26, 2021 July 20, 2020
March 29, 2021 to April 23, 2021 August 3, 2020
May 3, 2021 to May 28, 2021* August 17, 2020
June 1, 2021 to June 25, 2021* August 31, 2020

*Limited elective rotations available in these months.

All applications must adhere to our timetable of block period dates.

All visiting student applicants must comply with our immunization requirements, documentation of which will be reviewed by our Student Health nurse. Please note that you are required to show titer results to indicate proof of immunity. Our immunization requirements are as follows:

Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine requires students to show proof of surveillance for tuberculosis infection within 12 months of their scheduled clinical rotation and proof of immunization against Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Varicella, Hepatitis B, and Tetanus, Diphtheria & Pertussis (TDAP vaccine). You also must include your laboratory titer results to prove your Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Varicella, and Hepatitis B immunity. Proof of annual influenza immunization required for rotations between November 1 and April 30.

All students, physicians and staff at Loyola University Medical Center are required to be vaccinated for the seasonal flu. Therefore, it is mandatory for all visiting students participating in electives at Loyola (and affiliated sites) to show proof of seasonal flu vaccination, beginning with the November elective rotations.
You will not be allowed to participate in your scheduled elective unless you are vaccinated and will be required to show proof of your seasonal flu vaccine before you will be allowed to begin your elective. Please provide the documentation of your vaccination to your elective coordinator upon arrival at your elective service.
Acceptable documentation includes a signed statement from the vaccine provider giving the date, type of vaccine, name and address of the provider, the manufacturer, lot number, and dose. If you have already had your flu vaccine this year but have misplaced your documentation of it, your elective coordinator will be able to give you a form to fill out attesting to this.

Additional Info:

For more information on our visiting student electives, please contact Rosemary Calcagno at or 708-216-3222.

Documents for visiting students who have already been accepted and will be visiting Loyola: