Fourth Year Medical Students

Nicklaus Children's Hospital is committed to its role as a teaching hospital providing medical school elective rotations for fourth year medical students throughout most of the departments. Students from LCME (Liaison Committee on Medical Education) or AOA (American Osteopathic Association) - accredited medical schools are eligible for electives at Nicklaus Children's Hospital. LCME is the nationally recognized accrediting authority for medical education programs leading to the M.D. degree in U.S. and Canadian medical schools and AOA is the nationally recognized accrediting authority for medical education programs leading to the D.O. degree.  Medical students will be allowed to schedule their rotations 6 months in advance and up to 4 weeks prior to the beginning of a rotation. Approval is based on good academic standing and availability. Medical students enrolled in the FIU College of Medicine are given first priority for all rotations. Non-FIU students may participate in electives only if space is available. Only students who have completed all their third year clinical clerkships and are in good standing in their own medical schools will be accepted.

Students of international medical schools are not accepted for clinical externships.  We only accept for fourth year electives on our clinical services those students who are registered and are in good standing at LCME or AOA accredited medical schools.

LCME/ AOA medical schools are licensed and accredited medical schools in North America and Puerto Rico.

Applications for electives from LCME / AOA accredited Medical Schools will only be accepted through VSAS. You will need to have a username and password, which is sent by VSAS once you are authorized by your school.

What are the areas of rotation that I may apply for?

Participation as a medical student is contingent on our faculty's availability. Below please find a list of possible rotation subspecialties.

  1. Allergy/Immunology
  2. Ambulatory Services
  3. Cardiology
  4. Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  5. Dermatology
  6. Endocrinology
  7. Gastroenterology
  8. Genetics
  9. Hematology/Oncology
  10. Inpatient Pediatrics
  11. Nephrology
  12. Neurology
  13. Pulmonary Medicine
  14. Radiology
  15. Rheumatology
  16. Pediatric Surgery

You can also see a complete listing of Clinical Services to get further details on the various clinical departments that Nicklaus Children's Hospital offers.

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How to apply

All requests must be made directly to the Department of Medical Education by submitting the required documentation via the Visiting Student Applications Systems/AAMC (VSAS) . Any requests made outside the VSAS system will not be considered.

After acceptance to your rotation, please print out, review and sign the Medical Student Orientation. We do not provide lab coats or housing.

Please contact Medical Education via email or call (305) 669-5873 for more information or questions.