The application process for a clinical rotations is tedious and time consuming. Many times hospitals ask for repetitive documents and forms that require not only for you to complete, but also by your medical school staff and faculty. If applications are incomplete, many hospitals will throw them out.

What type of requirements do I need?

Many hospitals have different requirements for different specialties, however the majority of requirements across all clinical experiences applying as a medical student remain the same:

  • CV/Resume
  • Immunization Form
  • Malpractice/Liability insurance
  • List of Mandatory Clerkships
  • Dean’s Letter
  • Transcript

Here are some tips to help you complete your requirements seamlessly:

  • CV/Resume
    • Ensure that your resume is up to date and includes your previous clinical experiences and related work. Including your previous publications and research experience is a huge plus.
  • Immunization Form
    • Every hospital may have different requirements when it comes to having your immunizations up to date. Some may require more doses or extra boosters, so be sure to work with your health office at your medical school to obtain these immunizations. Give your health professional staff ample enough time to complete this immunization form, and give yourself enough time to obtain the necessary immunizations. You may need to take extra trips to the physician and extra bloodwork to be drawn. Also double check that nothing expires before one of your later away rotations and if it does, complete that requirement early (such as TB, etc.).
  • Malpractice/Liability Insurance
    • Most hospitals require you to purchase malpractice/liability insurance before rotating at the hospital. Typically, in the U.S 1-3-million-dollar coverage is needed. You can purchase malpractice insurance through 3rd party providers like the ones listed below (MedRookie has no affiliation with these companies):
    • Academic Group
    • Academic Medical Professionals Insurance Risk Retention Group, LLC
    • AmWINS Group
    • Healthcare Providers Service Organization (HPSO)
    • Marsh USA
    • Med Pro
    • IPB Insurance
    • Willis Towers Watson Insurance
    • MDU Services Limited
    • QBE Insurance
  • List of Mandatory Clerkships
    • At times, hospitals may require your medical program to confirm which mandatory clerkships you have completed. Make sure that your clerkships accurately name the specialty, duration of clerkship, as well as an overall sense of duties.
  • Dean’s Letter
    • For medical students, this may be the most time-consuming considering that offices have different turnaround times. Give yourself ample amount of time to obtain a dean’s letter to support your clinical experience.
  • Transcript
    • Ensure that you have the latest transcript and that it has a list of your mandatory clerkships. If you are going to take certain specialties before the start date of your clinical experience, be sure to document that on your application.

 Be sure to save copies of every email and every piece of documentation that you submit.