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Currently the UNC School of Medicine accepts a limited number international students per year. Our electives are four weeks in length and visiting students are allowed to participate in one or more electives, if they perform satisfactorily in their initial elective. To participate in electives at UNC School of Medicine, you must have a passing score on the USMLE Step 1 examination or Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (a passing score on the German 'Physikum' exam is also acceptable). An evaluation from a clinical elective at another US institution may be accepted as a substitute for a USMLE score in some instances. Official TOEFL scores are required for all students from medical schools where English is not the language of instruction. Minimum acceptable TOEFL scores are 590 for the Paper-based Test and 100 for the Internet-based Test. TOEFL scores may also be required for any applicant. You must also adhere to all the requirements listed on the following page. We charge a $2000 per elective fee in addition to the non-refundable $100 application fee.
You must be in your final year of medical school upon arrival at UNC for your elective if you are accepted. You must be in good standing at your home institution and have completed an criminal background check and/or have no criminal violations. Since UNC students have priority for registration, it is not possible to guarantee that you will be able to take the particular elective for which you apply; however, we are usually able to place visiting students in one of their choices. Please note that some departments (like ANES) are completely full with our own UNC students for certain months, but you can always ask us about availability before applying and review the past data for IVS Scheduled Electives. The elective preferences on the application are only used for scheduling purposes, not admission decisions. If you are accepted, but your preferences are unavailable, we will contact you for additional preferences. No electives are available for the July period. You are expected to attend the elective every day unless you have received authorization from the course director to be absent. Failure to comply may result in immediate termination of your participation in the elective.
The grade for student performance in an elective will be given as “Fail,” “Pass,” “High Pass” and “Honors” on an evaluation form, which may also contain comments. You will receive the same evaluation form as our UNC medical students, and this is the only evaluation that you will receive in our program.
If you intend to apply for an elective in the department of Dermatology (DERM 401, 402) email Cherie Ezuka at Cherie_Ezuka@med.unc.edu for pre-approval before submitting your application materials to our office.
If you intend to apply for pediatric (PEDS) electives, you must have received high marks in your core rotations in pediatrics and internal medicine, and these grades must appear on your transcript or a letter from your school must provide this information.
If you intend to apply for family medicine (FMME) electives, please note that FMME 417 is only available for blocks 7-12.
***Please note that UNC charges a $2000 per elective fee in addition to the non-refundable $100 application fee. You do not need to pay the elective fee unless you are accepted for electives at UNC. All checks must be valid for deposit in a U.S. bank and include bar encoding on the lower portion of the check. Checks must be made payable to the ‘UNC School of Medicine.’
This fee does not include housing. Each student is responsible for arranging his or her housing, though we send a list of potential housing contacts to all students accepted into our program.
If your application is approved by the Admissions Committee, we will then work on confirming your specific elective course from the list of your preference. ***Please note that the electives you list on your application are for scheduling purposes only and are not used to determine admission. If you are accepted and your preferred electives are unavailable, we will contact you for additional preferences. When your elective is confirmed you will receive a Course Confirmation notice that lists your elective course title and course dates. If you cannot attend a scheduled elective, please notify the Office of International Activities (email@example.com) immediately. If you fail to notify the Office of International Activities of your cancellation at least 8 weeks prior to the start of your elective, UNC will withdraw you from any future scheduled electives and your school will be notified.
Rotations are available for all times of the year except the month of July, which is Elective Period 1. Applications are accepted year-round, and most students apply 3-6 months in advance. You may apply at any time and students are usually notified of admission or rejection within 3-4 weeks. However, we cannot begin confirming specific elective course until early June (for Periods 2-6) and early October (for Periods 7-12). We confirm specific electives in the order of accepted applications.
2013-2014 Academic Year Elective Calendar
Period 2 (July 29 - August 23)
Period 3 (August 26 - September 20)
Period 4 (September 23 - October 18)
Period 5 (October 21 - November 15)
Period 6 (November 18 - December 13)
Period 7 (January 6 - January 31)
Period 8 (February 3 - February 28)
Period 9 (March 3 - March 28)
Period 10 (March 31 - April 25)
Period 11 (April 28 - May 23) *dates may be flexible
Period 12 (May 26 - June 20) *dates may be flexible
The 2014-2015 Academic Year Elective Calendar will be made available in Spring 2014. Applicants are welcome to complete the application for the upcoming year at any time. However, applicants applying for Fall 2014 (Periods 2-6) will not be reviewed or approved until late Spring 2014. Accepted students will be confirmed in an elective course in June 2014 or later. Applicants applying for Spring 2015 (Periods 7-12) will not be reviewed or approved until late Fall 2014. Accepted students will be confirmed in an elective course in October 2014 or later.
Course descriptions are listed at http://clipper.med.unc.edu/electivesbook. Please note that visiting students cannot do APS courses, SURS courses, or AHEC AI courses. Additionally, visiting students are not eligible to participate in Internal Medicine (MEDI) courses located in Charlotte, NC.
If you have any questions, please visit this link to our FAQs. Additional inquires can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also reach our office by phone 919-962-6195 and on Skype (unc_med_international)
If you have read and understood the information above, please proceed to the online international visiting students application. After completing the initial application form, please log back in to upload the required documents in electronic format.