Student Programs

Our central mission at Washington University School of Medicine is to prepare the next generation of science and medicine innovators and change-makers — and the only way to achieve this goal is to invite all of tomorrow’s leaders to the table. 

Advanced Clinical Rotations (ACR) are four-week programs offered during the blocks below:

Block NumberDates
1January 2, 2024 – January 28, 2024
2January 29, 2024 – February 25, 2024
3February 26, 2024 – March 24, 2024
4March 25, 2024 – April 21, 2024
5April 22, 2024 – May 19, 2024
6May 20, 2024 – June 16, 2024
Summer Recess: June 17, 2024 – July 7, 2024
7July 8, 2024 – August 4, 2024
8August 5, 2024 – September 1, 2024
9September 3, 2024 – September 29, 2024
10September 30, 2024 – October 27, 2024
11October 28, 2024 – November 24, 2024
12November 25, 2024 – December 22, 2024
Winter Recess: December 23, 2024 – January 5, 2025
13January 6, 2025 – February 2, 2025
14February 3, 2025 – March 2, 2025
15March 3, 2025 – March 30, 2025
16March 31, 2025 – April 27, 2025

We do not accept students off the rotation blocks as outlined above.

Advanced Clinical Rotations, ACRs, (previously known as sub-internships), involves working with multiple world-renowned faculty members, offering exposure to the full breadth of our program and our residents. During the advanced clinical rotation, students will take on a role similar to that of an intern, attending (with house staff) all core curriculum conferences, morbidity and mortality conferences, rotation-based clinical case conferences and simulation lab experiences.


To be eligible for the program, candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Enrolled in the final year of medical school and in good academic standing at an LCME-accredited institution
  • All required core clerkships are complete

Students will be accepted into clinical rotations only if space is available during the preferred time period. All students must meet requirements set forth by the Washington University School of Medicine for all visiting students. The Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery independently pre-screens all applicants for this ACR.

Before applying to VSLO, students must submit the following documents to the program coordinator, Maddie Hodous:

  • Curriculum vitae
  •  Letter of interest (500-word limit) stating why you are applying for a visiting medical student rotation with our program, and whether or not you are interested in being considered for the Washington University Plastic Surgery Integrated Residency Program and/or the Diversity Advanced Clinical Rotation Program
  • Rotation dates that you would prefer, indicating preference order (i.e., 1st choice, 2nd choice, etc.)
  • A recent, unofficial medical school transcript
  • USMLE or COMLEX Score Report

Once pre-screening materials have been received, they will be reviewed by the division and applicants will be informed of their acceptance within two weeks from submission. Once an applicant has been approved, they will need then to apply online through VSLO, where they will be verified by the medical student office. Questions regarding the Plastic Surgery ACR may be directed to Maddie Hodous.

VSLO applications submitted for the Plastic Surgery Advanced Clinical Rotation without prior division approval will be denied.

Washington University School of Medicine will open applications to medical students via the AAMC Visiting Student Application Service (VSLO) site for the 2024-25 academic year on February 12, 2024.

Applications must be received at least 6 weeks prior to the start of the rotation date.

Minority students applying for the advanced clinical rotation are encouraged to also apply to participate in the Diversity Advanced Clinical Rotation Program.

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