Frequently Asked Questions

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1. Who is eligible to participate an elective at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center?

Medical students at schools listed in the International Medical Education Directory-IMED who will be in their final 12 months at the time of their proposed electives are eligible.

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2. How early can I apply for an elective?

Applications are accepted up to six months prior to a proposed start date.  

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3. How late can I apply for an elective?

All materials must be received no later than four months prior to a proposed start date.  For students at domestic and Canadian schools: MSK can accept application materials up to two months prior to a proposed start date. 

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4. Is there an application fee?

There is a one-time, non-refundable application fee of 100 USD to apply for one or more electives.

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5. How do I apply?

See How to Apply.

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6. Will I be charged tuition for my elective(s)?

Memorial Hospital does not charge tuition for medical student electives.

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7. Do I have to select the predetermined course module dates?

Modules are available only for the dates published on our website.

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8. I am flexible about my elective placement. Can you just place me where there is availability?

You must indicate specific electives on your application and in your letter of interest/motivation. If you do not indicate your preferred elective(s) on your application, we will return your materials without review.

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9. What is the maximum amount of time I can spend at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center?

Due to increased application volumes, we can only consider requests for a maximum of eight weeks for both Medicine and Surgery electives. 

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10. How do I increase my chances of being scheduled?

Your may increase your chances by including alternate choices for electives and module dates.

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11. Which electives should I apply to?

When deciding on elective(s), consider your personal interests, previous clerkships, and career goals. You might also consult your medical school advisor or other faculty member(s) for guidance.

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12. Can you hold my application for a later elective?

We cannot hold applications for students. Students should submit applications no more than six months prior to the start of their proposed elective(s).

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13. When will I know if I have been accepted?

We will send you an application decision email approximately six to eight weeks after we receive your complete application.

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14. Upon completion of my elective(s), will I receive a seal?

The only seal provided will be that of Memorial Hospital. While a student’s status as a Memorial Hospital elective participant provides them with the equivalent rights and duties of a Weill Cornell medical student for the limited period of their elective(s), they will not receive any certification, validation, or seal from Weill Cornell Medical College.

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15. May I contact the sponsor(s) of the elective(s) directly?

As a future physician, please be mindful of time constraints placed on a practicing physician’s busy schedule. All inquiries should be directed to medstudent@mskcc.org.

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16. What kind of visa will I need?

Students are responsible for obtaining their own visas. Please see U.S. Citizenship and Information Services for more information on visa-related issues.

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17. How will I be notified of my acceptance?

You will receive an email approximately six to eight weeks after we receive your complete application.

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18. Is there a deadline for accepting my elective placement?

Students have one week from the day they receive their acceptance email to confirm their participation. Those who do not respond within one week will forfeit their elective(s).

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19. Will I need to submit additional documents after I am accepted?

We will send instructions regarding additional documents in your acceptance email. 

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20. May I request a change to my elective assignment?

All assignments are final. Please carefully review module dates and elective descriptions when making your selections.

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21. Does Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center provide housing for medical students?

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center is unable to provide medical student housing. Accepted students will be provided with a list of housing resources.

If you did not find the answer to your question in the Frequently Asked Questions section, please send your question to medstudent@mskcc.org.

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