Medical Student Electives
Through its affiliation with Weill Medical College of Cornell University, Hospital for Special Surgery offers clinical electives for students in their fourth year of medical school. Electives are available in the following areas:
In-depth descriptions of these programs can be found in Cornell's Electives Course Catalog.
*NOTE: Non-Cornell Medical students may apply for electives offered directly through HSS via the application below.
To be eligible to take clinical electives at Hospital for Special Surgery:
- You must be an MD candidate in good standing and must be currently enrolled in a medical school that has been accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME);
- You must have completed all the required clerkships at your home school and be a senior student at the time you plan to take electives at Hospital for Special Surgery;
- You must be covered by liability and malpractice insurance through your home school;
- You must have personal health insurance through your home school or submit other documentation of personally held coverage with your application;
- You must submit a completed application (pdf);
- You must submit an official copy of your medical school transcript;
- You must submit a supporting letter from your Dean detailing that you are in good standing at the time of your request, your step 1 USMLE score, any honors received in medicine or surgery, and your AOA status, if applicable.
- You must submit a CV that includes recent research activity, including publications from peer reviewed journals and/or presentations at national meetings (poster or podium);
- You must complete the Health Clearance Form (pdf) and return with your application materials;
- You must submit a current photo (jpeg format only) to the Academic Training Department (email@example.com). The subject of the email must read “Application Picture, (Your Name)” and be addressed to the Academic Coordinator.
Hospital for Special Surgery does not offer clinical electives to students enrolled in osteopathic programs.
Students enrolled in foreign medical schools should contact:
Dianne E. Young, MPH
Office of Global Health Education
425 E 61st Street, Suite 321
New York, NY 10021
For more information, please contact:
Academic Training Department