Medical Student Education

Valley Children’s Healthcare welcomes elective clerkship applications from students in good standing in their senior year of medicine at AAMC Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) accredited institutions.  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.

Please note that we are unable to accept applications or make clerkship placements for students enrolled in foreign medical schools.

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.


The mission of our training program is to educate physicians who will be prepared at the end of their training to become leaders in the field of pediatrics as healers, teachers, researchers, and advocates.   We are committed to developing pediatric physicians who demonstrate the best in many domains:

  • Excellence and responsibility in patient care
  • Critical thinking and questioning
  • Technical competence
  • Sound medical judgment and professional integrity
  • Commitment to self-directed and life-long learning
  • Commitment to and understanding of interprofessional medical teams

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 at our medical facility that includes our 356 bed main children’s hospital and three neonatal satellite locations, as well as 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, and interprofessional collaborative practice approach to training.

  • Lecture calendars - coming soon!


  • All approved clerkships are provided courtesy housing on a first come-first serve basis.  Housing applications must be submitted with the VSAS application.

Clinical Clerkships

Application Criteria

  • USMLE Step 1/COMLEX scores
  • CV
  • Academic  record (no failures)
  • In good academic standing
  • In final year of study

Please call the Medical Education department should you need further information. 

Supplemental Documents required with VSAS application

  • Health insurance
  • Immunizations
  • Malpractice insurance
  • HIPPA training
  • Criminal Background report
  • OSHA safety measures/infection control precautions
  • Workers Compensation coverage
  • Housing application - coming soon!

Application Process

  • Applications accepted beginning April 1st
  • Applications must be received two weeks prior to requested start date
  • Application processing time can be up to four weeks for final confirmation

Incomplete applications will not be processed.  Availability of clerkships 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.  Additional information may be obtained by contacting the medical student coordinator.


Application processing fee: $200.00

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.  Processing fees are non-refundable and are required for each clerkship being requested.

Confirmation of Request

Students will be notified by the medical student coordinator through VSAS within 4 weeks if space is available.

Welcome Orientation

All visiting students must attend orientation prior to start of any elective clerkship.  The Medical Education Office will notify you of your scheduled orientation date once accepted into the clerkship.  Orientation is mandatory and you will not be able to report to a scheduled clerkship without attending your orientation session.

  • Dates of orientation - coming soon!
  • Required Forms
    • IT access
    • Medical Library access
    • Parking access
    • ID badge
    • Signature
    • Pager assignment
    • PICU phone assignment
    • Completion of online orientation modules

Contact Information

Medical Education Department

Shannon D. Papazian, C-TAGME
Medical Student Program Coordinator
Direct 559-353-5142
Main 559-353-5141
Fax 559-353-5318

Student Resources





Stanford School of Medicine

Lecture calendars— coming soon!

Library Services

Medical Student Handbook – coming soon!