Welcome to UCSF Fresno!  As you embark on your final year of medical school, we hope that you will take this opportunity to consider UCSF Fresno's fourth year elective program.  UCSF Fresno invites students who are in good academic standing at an accredited medical school to participate in this exciting program. 


Please note: UCSF Fresno utilizes both a Fresno Electronic Application and  VSAS (Visiting Student Application Service) to receive visiting student applications.  All students (except 3rd Yr. UCSF students) attending an LCME accredited or AOA accredited medical school will submit applications through VSAS—if your school utilizes VSAS.  If your school does not use VSAS, please use the Fresno application (link provided below).  


An approved affiliation agreement must be on file for UCSF Fresno and student’s home school.  Agreements are good for 5 years.  Attached is a list of current medical schools that have approved agreements on file with UCSF Fresno.  If your home school is NOT listed, please download the AAMC Approved Agreement AND the UCSF Fresno Implementation Letter and submit to your home school.  The signed document can be returned to the UME Office for completion at


UCSF Fresno Approved List of Affiliated Medical Schools
AAMC Uniform Clinical Affiliation Agreement – download and forward to home school

UCSF Fresno SOM Implementation Letter – download and forward to home school for signature (word document)



VSAS Visiting Medical Students:  To search Fresno electives on VSAS, first select UCSF and then select “Fresno” as the campus (see PDF below).  Submit on-line through the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS),  You will receive notification from UCSF Fresno to submit the supplemental application. VSAS students must complete Fresno’s supplemental application to request Housing and answer additional questions: (Step 2)


How to search for UCSF Fresno on VSAS


Fresno Application (electronic): If your school does not utilize VSAS, please apply for electives using the Fresno electronic application:  Only students from LCME or AOA accredited medical schools or those given special permission may apply. (Step 1)


International/Non-LCME Schools (offshore): Please click here for policy information.


Returning Students:  students returning to UCSF Fresno may apply for additional electives anytime by completing Step 2 at the Fresno Application link:  The system will recognize your unique ID for faster processing.  Any outdated or expired documents will be requested.  All fees apply.


UCSF Students: If you are interested in taking an elective at Fresno, you must apply directly through Fresno. A list of the Fresno elective clerkships is available here:



UCSF student Instructions for setting up a Fresno elective:


  1. Apply to UCSF Fresno using the online application:
  2. Once you have been confirmed for an elective, forward the confirmation email to Cha Viloria at UCSF so she can add it to your schedule. This step is important because Cha is not automatically notified.
  3. Please note that housing is not guaranteed or automatically assigned for fourth year rotations. Please inquire about housing at:

Cancellations/Refunds:  Please scroll down to review the cancellation and refund policies.


The following requirements are applicable to all students whether applying

in VSAS or the electronic Fresno Application. 







UCSF Fresno Medical Education Program welcomes eligible fourth year visiting medical students from all U.S. accredited institutions for a wide variety of electives.  A fee is charged for the application processing and program tuition.  UCSF Fresno charges according to institutional reciprocity (i.e., whether the application is from a student attending a medical school where there are also opportunities for UC students to pursue elective opportunities).  In addition, each clinic program accepts applications based on capacity to accommodate visiting student.


1. Elective Application and Tuition Fees:
Elective Fees: All visiting students (except UCSF & SJV PRIME student) are subject to an elective application fee of $300 and some students will pay additional tuition of $740.  Please refer to the attached list of schools whose students will be charged the reduced fee of $300 only.  If your school is not listed, you must pay the additional tuition of $740 due 30 days prior to rotation.  UCSF Fresno Accepts the following forms of payment



See list of schools excluded from tuition here


2. Core Clerkship Fees: Core Clerkship rotations are reserved for regional campus affiliates from UCSF & UC Davis.  However, if there is space available, a non-UCSF or non-UCD visiting student may apply.  Approval from the sponsoring department is required prior to submission of application.  The core clerkship application/processing fee is $2254 for a 6 week core and $2872 per 8 week core rotation. The 4 week Medicine core clerkship is $3,333 per monthly rotation.  All major credit cards are accepted through our secure portal.  Check or money orders are also accepted

a) $2254 for 6 week clerkship rotation for a 3rd year student
b) $2872 per 8 week clerkship rotation for a 3rd year student
c) $3333 per 4 week internal medicine rotation for a 3rd year student – restricted access

Special requests for single room housing arrangements may be accommodated at a higher housing rate.  If space is available, a student may request single room occupancy through the UME office and rates will be discussed at the time of the request.  The current rate for single room is $650 per 4 week timeframe.   For paying students only, call (559) 499-6523 to inquire about special housing/room arrangements.  If housing is not available in our student apartments, the UME program will provide a list of alternate housing sites.  Students are responsible for making alternate housing arrangements and covering all costs.

Online Payments:
The secure online payment link will be provided by a UCSF Fresno coordinator upon department approval of           the rotation(s).

Make check payable to UC Regents and mail to the following address;
Undergraduate Medical Education Office
UCSF Fresno
155 North Fresno Street, Suite 251
Fresno, CA  93701

Cancellation Policy:


Welcome Orientation:


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