Fourth Year Medical Student Visiting Electives

Valley Children’s Healthcare offers fourth year elective rotations to visiting medical students in good standing at an AAMC Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) accredited institution. Students in their senior year at osteopathic schools of medicine accredited by the Committee on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) of the American Osteopathic Association are also invited to apply. A maximum of two visiting clerkships are offered per student.

Due to demand, for students enrolled in foreign medical schools, there are extremely selective criteria for clerkship rotations at Valley Children’s Healthcare. We are unable to accept applications or make clerkship placements for students already graduated from medical school.

All applications from students in LCME-accredited medical schools and COCA-accredited osteopathic schools of medicine must be submitted through the AAMC Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS). Paper applications and email requests will not be accepted.

Educational Opportunities

Our independent, nonprofit network provides highly specialized medical and surgical services to treat conditions ranging from common to the most unusual and complex. We perform this extraordinary care across our network, including at our 358-bed main children’s hospital in Madera, California, three neonatal satellite locations and through partner hospitals, primary care centers and specialty care centers throughout our 45,000 square mile service area. We offer extensive exposure to program leadership, including one-on-one meetings, mentoring, directed educational sessions and an interprofessional collaborative practice approach to training.

Elective Rotations

Valley Children’s Hospital offers electives and subinternships to qualified fourth year medical students (see Eligibility Requirements). More detailed information about each elective is available through our elective catalog.

Valley Children's Healthcare Elective Catalog 2017/2018

Third year pediatric clerkships are reserved for UC San Francisco and UC Davis PRIME students.

Eligibility Requirements

Students in good academic standing and currently registered in their senior year of an  M.D. or D.O. program at a school accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education or Education Department of the American Osteopathic Association are eligible to apply for a maximum of two months of elective rotations. The detailed Valley Children’s Healthcare program requirements are found on VSAS. 


Courtesy housing may be provided for approved electives, if available. Apply through VSAS

Application Process

  • Applications are accepted beginning February 15, 2017.
  • Applications must be received four weeks prior to requested start date.
  • Application processing time may take up to two weeks for final confirmation.
  • The first rotation for the 2017-2018 academic year will be available starting Monday, April 3, 2017. 

Incomplete applications will not be processed. Availability of electives cannot be confirmed by telephone. Students are instructed not to call or email individual departments or faculty. All elective requests must be scheduled through VSAS.


There is a non-refundable application processing fee of $250.00.The processing fee is due as soon as your application is approved and a clerkship has been scheduled. Checks should be made payable to Valley Children’s Healthcare. Please write the applicant’s name on the memo line of the check. If the processing fee is not received within two weeks, the elective will be cancelled.  Please note that housing requests will be confirmed upon receipt of the processing fee. Processing fees are non-refundable and are required for each elective being requested.

Confirmation of Request

Students will be notified by the medical student coordinator through VSAS within two weeks if space is available.

Welcome Orientation

All visiting students must attend orientation at 8:00 am on the first day of any elective. Orientation is mandatory and you will not be able to report to a scheduled elective without attending your session.

Contact Information

Medical Education Department
Amber Wells
Medical Student Program Coordinator
Direct 559-353-5174
Main 559-353-5141
Fax 559-353-5318

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