Fourth Year Visiting Medical Student Electives Program

Children’s National Health System is the Pediatric Department for the George Washington University Medical School (GWUMS) in Washington, D.C. We offer 30 electives in a wide variety of disciplines including 4 Acting Internships (Sub-Internships). Students  must apply through the AAMC.org/VSAS website.  You must be enrolled at a US LCME accredited medical school or a participating COCA accredited AACOM member college.  All US LCME accredited AAMC member schools and many of the COCA schools, with rising 4th year classes are VSAS home schools. Our VSAS application is available on April 1st – Click the link to view the catalog and calendar on GW's Website. If you have any questions about our electives please contact the Pediatric Program Coordinator.

  • A $75.00 application fee is required made payable to Children's National
  • This allows the you to take up to 8 weeks of electives
  • Payment is due after you have accepted our rotation offer
  • Payment must be received no later than the Monday before the electives start date
  • You will not be allowed to rotate after that day

General Information

The academic year begins the first full week July and usually after the 4th of July.All applications are reviewed to determine your eligibility, the desired elective(s) and the requested rotation time frame(s). We are unable to officially accept and enroll students until the GWU registration is completed which occurs around mid-May. Your application will be kept in queue until then. You will be notified if we are unable to accommodate your request. We would love to discuss possible options so that you can participate in our program.

If you are requesting more than one elective placement, please note that in your application when you identify your elective and date(s). We require that you post a current BLS or ACLS card in the supplemental document section of VSAS. Background Checks are recommended but not required at this time. We will process all applications for July and August first and then work our way through the remaining requests. We are able to accommodate a few “off schedule” requests but it is very difficult for most electives.

Complete acceptance criterion is discussed on the GWUMS website, where you will also find the electives course descriptions and the academic year calendar.

We hope that you choose to do your elective at Children's National and we look forward to hearing from you soon. Contact us with any questions.