Visiting Students

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Wisconsin has decided to cancel visiting student EM rotations for the 2020 season.

The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (UW SMPH) warmly welcomes fourth year medical students with an interest in Emergency Medicine (EM) from all across the nation. Our excellent faculty are dedicated to sharing their knowledge and enthusiasm for Emergency Medicine. 

We offer a variety of experiences for students based upon individual interests. Our innovative Advanced Elective rotation allows students to manage acutely ill patients with a broad range of presenting problems. We also provide advanced simulation experiences which help students develop real-time teamwork and decision-making skills to manage critically ill patients. This elective is consistently rated one of the best advanced elective experiences in the medical school, and we hope your experience will be the same. All students applying for residency in Emergency Medicine can request a departmental SLOE (Standardized Letter of Evaluation).

We offer rotations July- through October for visiting students applying to emergency medicine. Although formal applications for visiting student rotations are accepted at the end of April through the Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS/VSLO), our Department of Emergency Medicine also employs a Pre-Application Process in order to offer and hold a spot ahead of the VSAS opening. Please note that, if accepted by our Department, this is a conditional acceptance, and all applications must be submitted through VSAS for final institutional approval. For further information on the UW SMPH application process, please reference the medical school website. If you wish to apply for a spot ahead of VSAS opening, please refer to the “Pre-application Process” below.

The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and Department of Emergency Medicine require a completed VSAS application prior to final approval to rotate.

Pre-application Process

Before UW SMPH VSAS opens (late April), students may apply directly through the Department of Emergency Medicine Pre-Application Process. During this time, the Department can offer a spot to you, but the final acceptance to rotate still remains contingent upon successful completion of all necessary requirements through VSAS as above.

To apply through the Pre-Application Process, please email the following to Niki Hagen,, Emergency Medicine Medical Student Coordinator. 

  • Letter of interest, including any special circumstances
  • CV
  • Step 1 score report
  • Unofficial Medical School Transcripts

Please see below if interested in applying for the Diversity Scholarship for Visiting Medical Students.

Applications for July, August, September, and October will be reviewed beginning in March of the current academic year. Applicants will be notified via email if their application is accepted on a preliminary basis, and a spot will be held.

Candidates selected for rotation through the Pre-Application Process are conditionally accepted by the department and must still undergo institutional acceptance through VSAS prior to rotation. Once the UW SMPH VSAS is open, please apply directly through VSAS.

Diversity Scholarship for Visiting Medical Students

The University of Wisconsin BerbeeWalsh Department of Emergency Medicine is proud to announce a diversity scholarship for visiting medical students.

Diversity is central to the mission of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and the BerbeeWalsh Department of Emergency Medicine in meeting the health needs of the people of Wisconsin and beyond through excellence in education, research, patient care, and service. We are committed to training a diverse group of clinicians and scholars while maintaining an open, inclusive, and respectful learning and working environment. To support these goals, the BerbeeWalsh Department of Emergency Medicine offers the Diversity Scholarship for students pursuing a visiting elective in Emergency Medicine.

Interested students are encouraged to apply using the application form below. Please complete the attached application and return to as early as February, but no later than June 1st. Applications will begin to be reviewed in March of the current academic year.