Duke University Medical School requirements

October 7, 2015
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Medical Student Visiting Clinical Scholars Program

In support of our intentional commitment to foster a culture of diversity, excellence and inclusion at Duke University School of Medicine, we offer the Medical Student Visiting Clinical Scholars Program. Medical students interested in applying for the program should review the information regarding clerkship prerequisites and other application requirements, and then follow the instructions to complete all forms. Approval of the VSAS application is a prerequisite for consideration of an application for the Scholars Program. Please note this program is not available to students enrolled at international medical schools.

Applicant Information for International and Canadian (LCME) medical students

Please note that all applications and supporting documentation are to be provided electronically to the Visiting Student Coordinator. Applications submitted with missing supplemental/supporting documentation will not be reviewed nor will the applicant be contacted regarding missing requirements.

Mandatory: Student Health Fee and Student Medical Insurance Program information for international visiting medical students.

As of December 15, 2013, all approved and scheduled visiting international medical participating with an F1, J1, B1/B2 or WB visa will be assessed the mandatory Student Health Fee (SHF) at the prevailing rate for the semester of enrollment. Please note the fee will be assessed for each 4 week period of enrollment based on the start/end date of the approved elective period. Should these dates not fall on the first and/or last day of the month, the assessed SHF will be for a minimum of 2 months for each 4 week elective.

In addition, all approved and scheduled visiting international medical participating with an F1, J1, B1/B2 or WB visa, participation in the Student Medical Insurance Program is mandatory. The student will be assessed the Student Medical Insurance Program premium (SMIP) at the prevailing rate as set by the insurance provider. Please note the fee will be assessed for each 4 week period of enrollment based on the start/end date of the approved elective period. Should these dates not fall on the first and/or last day of the month, the assessed SMIP premium will be for a minimum of 2 months for each 4 week elective. Fees for SMIP and the Student Health Fee will be posted to your student account via ACES. You may find additional information regarding the topics online:

Participation Requirements: Information for all visiting medical student applicants who are approved and scheduled for electives

All applicants who are approved and scheduled for an elective(s) will be required to have all participation requirements completed no later than 15 days prior to the approved elective start date via CertifiedBackground:

Criminal Background Check
11 Panel Drug Screen
Duke University Mandatory Immunization Requirements (via Medical Document Manager) **
Current Influenza Immunization (via Medical Document Manager)
Current BLS (Basic Life Support) Certification (via Medical Document Manager)
Proof of Health Insurance Coverage (via Medical Document Manager)

These requirements will also be referenced in the acceptance letter and email provided to approved and scheduled students along with Duke specific information on how to establish your profile with CertifiedBackground. All costs for these required services via CertifiedBackground are the responsibility of the approved visiting student. These requirements for participation may only be fulfilled/completed via CertifiedBackground. MD and DO students will utilize the DU40 document and international students will utilize the DU45 document to establish your profile and fulfill participation requirements.

** International students only utilizing the DU45 documentation will be required to undertake TB testing in the US per institutional requirements. TB questionnaire (page 3 only) should be provided directly to the Duke Student Health Center to confirm compliance or determine need for additional testing. TB questionnaire should be provided via email to immunizationrecords@dm.duke.edu

Electives, Grading and Evaluation Information

Elective Availability
Electives/course descriptions may be reviewed by accessing the Fourth Year Electives booklet online. Please review the attached document for electives which are not available to approved visiting medical students.

Evaluations and Final Grades:
Only the Duke Clinical Evaluation will be completed and provided to the visiting medical student and their home school. Final grades will adhere to the Duke grading scale for 4th year electives as follows:

  • H - Honors
  • HP - High Pass
  • P - Pass
  • F - Fail

Should an evaluation be provided, there will be no signature on the form(s) as final grades are submitted via a secured electronic grading application. As for noted evaluation criteria and / or comments, we strongly encourage, though do not require, faculty to provide information on student performance either by noting performance criteria, providing narrative comments or a combination of both. Duke faculty will not be required to complete a home school evaluation if provided by the student or the institution.

Elective Calendar Information

Our elective dates for the 2016 -2017 academic year are as follows, with 4 week electives designated as 41, 42, 43 44. Visiting students are required to follow the Duke elective calendar.

Spring 2016

General Information

Emergency Contact Information

Blood/Body Fluid Exposure Hotline: On Site 115, Off Site 684-8115(e.g. needle sticks)

Source: medschool.duke.edu
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