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Fourth Year Visiting Medical Student Electives Program

Children's National Hospital is the pediatric partner for the George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences (GWSMHS) in Washington, D.C. We offer over 30 electives in a wide variety of disciplines.  

To apply for our electives, go to the Association of American Medical Colleges website. You must be enrolled at a U.S. LCME-accredited medical school or a participating COCA-accredited AACOM member college.

All U.S. LCME-accredited, AAMC member schools and many of the COCA schools, with rising fourth-year classes are VSLO home schools. Our VSLO application is available on April 1. View the course catalog and calendar on GW's website. If you have any questions about our electives, please contact the Program Coordinator, Wilhelmina Bradford.

Application Fees

A $150 application fee made payable to Children's National is required which will allow you to take up to eight weeks of electives. Payment is due after you have accepted our rotation offer and must be received no later than the Monday before the electives start date. If payment is not received, you will not be allowed to rotate after that day.

General Information

The academic year begins the first full week in 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 VSLO. 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. 

For more detailed information about the Children’s National electives go to Resident Book.

  • Login Information
    • Username – medstudent
    • Password – Electives@123
  • Click on the Medical Student link. 
  • Now find the Electives Handbook section for more information. 

We hope that you choose to do your elective at Children's National and we look forward to hearing from you soon. For additional information or questions about the Fourth Year Visiting Medical Student Electives Program, please contact the Program Coordinator, Wilhelmina Bradford.