Visiting Students

Students from LCME-accredited medical schools (U.S. MD and DO programs) can complete one (1) elective in the 2024-2025 academic year at McGovern Medical School. Applications are accepted through AAMC’s Visiting Student Learning Opportunities (VSLO) application service.  Please visit McGovern Medical School’s Visiting Students Course Catalog to learn more about specific application requirements.

Brief overview of application process for 2024-2025 academic year:

  • Primary VSLO application is submitted McGovern Medical School for approval, which includes a short essay explaining your interest in rotating with our department
  • Approved application is sent to PM&R department for review
  • Notification sent by PM&R department to VSLO applicant regarding acceptance within 45 days
    (goal turnaround time is within 30 days, however, application volume may impact turnaround time)

Available electives include:

  • PMR 4001: Introduction to Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • PMR 4002: Brain Injury Rehabilitation
  • PMR 4005: Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation

UPDATE 05/31/24: Applications for VSLO have been reviewed and initial rotation offers have been sent out with scheduling ongoing into August. Spots are still open for summer, fall, and winter 2024.  

Visiting students who are interested in rotating in summer or fall 2024 are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, as applications are reviewed and spots are filled on a rolling basis.

Our goal for visiting students is to offer the best educational experience. We are committed to helping engage as many learners as possible to the field of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. We do not view away electives as “audition” rotations — instead, we view them as an opportunity for students to expand their knowledge about the field and develop clinical skills to better manage patients with functional impairments. Residency application interviews are not guaranteed for those completing a visiting rotation with us. As we are enthusiastic for all medical students to pursue PM&R, we also view our away electives as an opportunity for students to further bolster their application with an enriching clinical experience for the upcoming Match cycle.


International Medical Students, Foreign Medical Graduates (FMGs), & Observerships

Unfortunately, our Department is unable to accommodate international medical students and foreign medical graduates for observerships at this time. Observerships may be available in other departments through UTHealth Houston’s Visiting Scholars Program.