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HMS Exchange Clerkship Program

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The Exchange Clerk Program at Harvard Medical School (HMS) is designed to offer qualified medical students the opportunity to visit one of the Harvard-Affiliated hospitals.

Our program is open to students from U.S. or Canadian medical schools accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) or an international medical school that has been approved by Harvard Medical School. A list of currently approved medical schools may be accessed at the online application. In order to be eligible for our program applicants should meet all of the minimum criteria:

  • Be currently enrolled medical student in the final year of medical school (within 12 months of graduation)
  • In good academic standing at an approved medical school
  • Have completed satisfactorily the core clinical clerkship requirements comparable to HMS core (minimally, surgery, medicine, pediatrics & OB/GYN. Applicants applying for psychiatry, neurology & radiology will be required to have satisfactorily completed core clinical clerkships in these specialties if prerequisite to advanced elective)
  • Must be in compliance with HMS immunization requirements
  • Must be fluent in the English language including: conversation, writing, and reading

Those already holding an MD degree, or its equivalent, are not eligible.

All eligible applicants can apply for a maximum of 3 months of clinical elective clerkships. Our clerkships are offered in 4-week blocks only and visiting students must adhere to HMS rotation dates as posted in the calendar.

Applicants can select from clerkships listed in the "Elective Courses" section of our online catalog. HMS students have priority for all advanced electives. Please read the course descriptions for detailed information - some electives are not offered year-round and some have restricted enrollment and may not be open to visiting students.

HMS does not offer research opportunities and/or observerships for visiting students.

It is important to note that students officially remain registered at their home school while participating in the visiting clerkships at HMS. Visiting students are not officially enrolled as students at Harvard University.

Due to the variable nature of clerkship offerings, HMS reserves the right to change clerkship assignments as necessary at any time. Students will be notified of any changes.

Information and eligibility criteria for the HMS Exchange Program are subject to change.

All materials submitted become the property of the HMS Office of the Registrar.




Visiting students are subject to the same rules and regulations that apply to Harvard Medical Students. Violation of any school policy may result in immediate withdrawal from the Exchange Clerkship Program. No tuition refunds will be issued in the case of dismissal. Continued participation in clerkships is contingent upon satisfactory performance, fund of knowledge, English proficiency and professional behavior.

Please refer to the HMS Student Handbook for detailed policies.












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