Information for Visiting Medical Students

UCSF Department of Dermatology

Thank you for your interest in the Department of Dermatology's clinical elective. When space is available, U.S. visiting students may apply to participate in the clinical electives in listed below. There is no remuneration for these electives and neither room nor board is provided. Students must be in their 4th year of training and comply with all UCSF's requirements. We CANNOT accept International students.

Since 2009, UCSF has accepted applications submitted online through the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS) for US Medical Students. Canadian students, please visit the UCSF website for application instructions.

Please note that we accept ONLY students who plan to pursue a Dermatology Residency and who have provided a letter of recommendation from the Chairman of the Dermatology Department at their home institution. If and only if your medical school does not have a Department of Dermatology may you provide a letter from an individual who has mentored you and can speak for your interest in pursuing a career in dermatology. Applications that do not fulfill this requirement will NOT be considered. The letter should indicate that you are a strong candidate and intend to match in dermatology. Multiple letters are not necessary. You may upload this letter to the SUPPLEMENTAL DOCUMENTS section of the VSAS application (preferred method) or the letter may be sent by e-mail or mail to Christina Walker or Laura Harrison (contact information below).

Please see the UCSF website for further information about the process.

Visiting Student Program 2021 - 2022 Update
UCSF is re-opening the Visiting Student Program for the 2022 - 2023 Cycle and will be following guidelines set by The Coalition for Physician Accountability’s Work Group on Medical Students Moving Across Institutions for Post Graduate Training.

Please note the following program dates, which are subject to change or cancellation:

  • Away Rotations would resume the month of August 2022

  • Learners may begin applying after April 15, 2022

  • We will not be accepting applicants until after May 1, 2022

The dates above and the reopening of the Visiting Program are all subject to change or be canceled depending on the pandemic and final recommendations by the Coalition; further updates will be forthcoming.

At this time, we do not have available slots but we will open up slots in VSLO if anything changes.

Available Electives: 
We offer 140.01 Clinical Dermatology, 140.11 Dermatology Subinternship, and 140.06 Phototherapy and Psoriasis Therapy 

  • 140.01 Clinical Dermatology (2-week elective)

  • 140.11 Subinternship in Dermatology (4-week elective)

  • 140.06 Phototherapy and Psoriasis Therapy (4-week elective)

Block Calendar: Your dates of attendance must correspond with the UCSF calendar. You must start at the beginning of the block(s) and finish at the end of the block(s). No exceptions can be made to this calendar.

Laura Harrison
[email protected]

UCSF Department of Dermatology
1701 Divisadero Street, Third Floor
San Francisco, CA 94115

You must withdraw at least 8 weeks before your starting date. Fees are non-refundable. All cancellations and changes must be made in writing. We may write a letter to your dean if, once scheduled and confirmed, you withdraw from an elective less than eight weeks before the starting date or fail to notify us.