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To apply for an externship position, please log onto the Visiting Students Application Service (VSAS). If your school does not participate in VSAS, unfortunately we are unable to accommodate you at this time.

Our Emergency Medicine rotation is in high demand at the beginning of the academic year (May to November). We encourage you to contact us at least three (3) months prior to your preferred start date because our clerkship tends to fill up far in advance.

Rotation date Application Deadline
May 24 – June 20, 2021 April 9, 2021
June 21 – July 18, 2021* May 7, 2021
July 19 – August 15, 2021 May 28, 2021
August 16 – September 12, 2021 June 25, 2021
September 13 – the end of academic year Through VSAS

*Beginning June 21, 2021, UC Irvine School of Medicine will accept away rotators.

Please do not hesitate to contact our Director, Dr. Sangeeta Sakaria (, at any time for possible openings due to cancellations. Please note that between May and November, we generally only accept students who are planning to apply to our emergency medicine residency program. 

To apply:

U.S. Applicants

  • Apply to the UC Irvine School of Medicine's Student Affairs office using the AAMC's VSAS. 
  • Students who wish to rotate between May and October must enter your information using this Typeform with the following information:
    • Your top three preferred start dates (in order of preference). 
    • Your curriculum vitae, including your USMLE Step 1 score and Core Clerkship grades.
    • The letter of intent to rotate at UCI ED.
    • The name and email address of your EM faculty advisor/mentor, or a faculty mentor who knows your career choice and can verify your goals and plans.

International Applicants

International students must be enrolled in a medical school that has a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the UC Irvine School of Medicine. Send your application to our Medical Education Office (