Clinical electives are four weeks long and are available, space permitting, to full-time students in good academic standing who are enrolled in their final year at approved medical schools. Variations on the rotation dates are not possible. Elective dates are NOT flexible and may be found on the clinical elective calendar, which is included in the application packet. VIMS may not apply for core clerkships or sub-internships or certain other electives which are indicated on the Clinical Elective Catalogue. We cannot approve an orthopedic elective for a visiting international medical student until the month prior to starting the elective. Students should provide a second (or third) elective choice, so they have a rotation in place. THEN, students may check on the availability of an orthopedic elective one month before they wish to take the orthopedic elective.
Students remain registered at their own schools while participating in clinical electives at Alpert Medical School.
Students must be in their FINAL year of medical school in order to be eligible for the program and must be fluent in English. For those who have taken the TOEFL exam, your score must be a total of 100 or higher.
Students may take clinical electives at Alpert Medical School for a maximum of six (6) months.
Payment or Fees
- Do not send cash or personal checks. We are not responsible for any fees sent in cash.
- Cashier checks must be paid in U.S. dollars drawn on a U.S. bank.
- Applications sent with checks not drawn on U.S. banks will be considered incomplete and returned.
- American Express money orders may be used for payment in U.S. dollars.
- Cashier checks or money orders must be payable to Brown University.
- DO NOT WRITE ON THE BACK OF CHECKS OR MONEY ORDERS. It could delay your application.
- The application fee must be paid separately from the clerkship tuition. Do not combine your payments for the application fee and tuition in the same check or money order.
- The application fee may NOT be wire transferred. Any application fees that are wire transferred will be returned to you and could result in your not being scheduled.
- The tuition fee may be wired (must not include application fees) to:
Payable to: Brown University, 164 Angell Street, Providence, RI 02912
Bank Name: Citizens Bank, One Citizens Plaza, Providence, RI 02903
ABA#: 011500120 (Domestic Wire Transfers)
SWIFT #: CTZIUS33
Account #: 215-184-7
Further Credit: YOUR NAME and indicate our internal account number 1-09108-0103 “Int’l Visiting Clerkship”
If the student is in Europe: You may be asked for an IBAN# for Citizens Bank. Citizens Bank do not have one because they use the SWIFT system, which is the number indicated above.
Wiring fee is $35 in addition to tuition fee.
After wiring the tuition, email Linda_Conte@Brown.edu who will track it.
The student will submit an application processing fee in the form of a cashier's check drawn on an American bank or American Express money order (see Payment of Fees) in the amount of $150.00 US (as of 5/1/13 will increase to $175.00 US) payable to Brown University for each rotation for which they are applying as well as the tuition fee [see TUITION FEES below]. The processing fee is non-refundable, whether or not you are scheduled, and it may not be carried over to another month. Please do not enclose ONE processing fee and ask us to consider your application for the SAME elective for three different months. If you do, we will choose the earliest month.
The Medical School will levy tuition prorated by the duration of study. The tuition will reflect that of the Brown medical students. For each 4-week rotation that the international student is scheduled, he/she will pay $3700 US May 1, 2012-April 30, 2013, or $3800 US May 1, 2013-April 30, 2014, payable to Brown University in the form of a cashier's check drawn on an American bank, American Express money order, or wired funds (see Payment of Fees). Tuition is due at the time of application in order to secure a firm commitment.
If for some reason, the international medical student is denied acceptance, the tuition will be refunded. Once the tuition has been paid, the student may not receive a refund of the tuition within 3 months of the first originally-scheduled clinical elective*. Acceptance for an elective is made on a first-come, first-served basis. Priority in scheduling electives is given to Brown students. In rare situations, your elective may be changed up to two weeks from the start date. In this eventuality, every effort will be made to provide you with another elective, however, it may not be one in which you have indicated specific interest, and no refund will be given in these circumstances.
Applications for the next academic year will be accepted after mid-March. Please adhere to our schedule of dates (see calendar). Since the availability of particular electives varies we suggest that you request alternative electives and/or dates.
*Note: Changing the dates of your elective is permissible within reason and at Brown's discretion. However, refunds will not be issued once a change is made no matter what the timing. No more than two elective changes will be accommodated.