To launch Season 2 of our EM Match Advice Series, Dr. Michael Gisondi has recruited another all-star cast of residency program leaders around the United States to share their sage wisdom about the Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS). This centralized process to coordinate visiting clerkship rotations first began in 2008 and now almost all medical schools participate. Because anecdotally the VSAS application process has been challenging, we gathered some experts to share their insights in a Google Hangout.
VSAS 101 Panelists
Michael Gisondi, MD (Northwestern University, Program Director) Susan Stroud, MD (University of Utah, Program Director) Cullen Hegarty, MD (Regions Medical Center/ HealthPartners, Program Director) Scott Sherman, MD (Cook County, Assistant Program Director) Michelle Lin, MD (ALiEM Editor in Chief)
00:00 Introductions 01:45 What is VSAS? 03:50 Round table questions: Does your site have a required EM clerkship, and do you participate in VSAS? 07:35 Dr. Stroud: The basics about VSAS. What is it, why is it, how much does it cost? 15:50 Dr. Hegarty: What are the elements of the VSAS application? What additional or supplemental information might be needed? What some operational logistics to remember? 21:10 Dr. Hegarty: What are key timing and etiquette considerations? 28:58 Dr. Sherman: What are some VSAS application pitfalls? Why do students not get the away EM rotation of their choice? 36:00 Dr. Stroud: What if your school does not participate in VSAS? 37:48 Dr. Lin: Reflecting on the discussion 39:10 Dr. Hegarty: Some advice for international medical students 40:38 The panelists share some awesome facts and pearls about their programs