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Clinical Electives

The NIH Clinical Center's Clinical Electives Program offers short term, 4- to 12-week clinically oriented rotations to both national and international, senior medical and dental students.

In addition to the clinically oriented elective rotations, unique mentored specialty/subspecialty clinical research rotations are also available for combined program students (i.e., MD/PhD, DO/PhD). Please see below for additional information.

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Clinical Electives Rotation Descriptions

3-Month Mentored Specialty/ Subspecialty Clinical Research Rotations

Note: The following programs are open to applicants attending US Medical Schools accredited by the LCME or the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation of the AOA. Prior to applying, contact the CEP coordinator to confirm availability. At the rotation coordinator's discretion, the rotation may be shortened to 2 months.

Eligibility: Combined Program Students (i.e., MD/PhD, DO/PhD)

The following programs do not accept students in July: Critical Care Medicine, Medical Genetics, Medical Oncology, Pathology, Pediatric Oncology, Rheumatology and Surgical Oncology.

The following programs are restricted to students attending accredited institutions: Addiction Medicine, Critical Care Medicine, Internal Medicine Consult Service, Medical Oncology, Pain and Palliative Care, Radiation Oncology, Surgical Oncology and Urologic Oncology.

Accredited Institutions:

The NIH Clinical Electives Program does not offer housing or travel subsidies.


If you have further questions or need additional information regarding Clinical Electives for students, please email

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This page last updated on 04/16/2019

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