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Visiting Students

Visiting Elective Students seeking training opportunities for locations under the auspices of Memorial University of Newfoundland, must apply through the AFMC Student Portal, (with the exception of the Charles S. Curtis Memorial Hospital in St. Anthony). Now that applications for Visiting Electives has moved to the Portal, we can no longer process paper applications for sites on the Portal.  Paper applications will be accepted for the Charles S. Curtis Memorial Hospital site only.

Visiting Elective Dates

Visiting students from Canadian Schools are eligible for elective rotation placement throughout the calendar year, provided space and preceptors are available.  Here are the requirements and restrictions.

Visiting students from Non-Canadian Schools may be accommodated for a maximum of eight weeks and during periods between APRIL through JULY.   Also, due to limitations on clinical teaching resources, visiting students are restricted to a maximum of four weeks in any one speciality/sub-specialty, and a few specialities/subspecialties are restricted to two week rotations. Here are the requirements and restrictions.

Application Deadline Date

Completed applications for Visiting Elective placements will be accepted by Memorial University no more than seven (7) months and no less than four (4) months prior to the beginning of the placement.

Our commitment and priority is to accommodate training for Memorial University students.  Due to the demands on teaching resources, restrictions must be adhered to for visiting students.

Elective Opportunities and Charles S. Curtis Memorial Hospital

Students seeking elective opportunities at the Charles S. Curtis Memorial Hospital in St. Anthony, NL are advised to follow the process outlined below:

As indicated above, information and applications for Visiting Elective opportunities at Charles S. Curtis Memorial Hospital in St. Anthony, NL will be processed outside the Student Portal. The application procedure and requirements follow:

   Applicants from Canadian and LCME Accredited U.S. Medical Schools
   Applicants from Non-Canadian/Non-LCME Accredited Medical Schools.

Information and applications for electives at Charles S. Curtis Memorial Hospital in St. Anthony, NL must be addressed to:

Student Elective Coordinator
Labrador Grenfell Health
St. Anthony, NL  A0K 4S0
Telephone         709-454-0268
Fax                   709-454-0393

Note: Application for electives at the St. Anthony site are subject to final approval by the Undergraduate Medical Education office and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Newfoundland & Labrador.


For each elective experience, there is a non-refundable administrative fee of $100 at the time of the application. A certified cheque or money order (Canadian funds ONLY) is to be made payable to Memorial University of Newfoundland. The cheque or money order must accompany the application and must be sent to the UGME address below.  Please note for international students, we cannot accept funds other than Canadian dollars.


Visiting Elective placement requires approval by Memorial University and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Newfoundland and Labrador (CPSNL). Following acceptance by Memorial University’s Faculty of Medicine, the applicant will be required to complete an additional application for CPSNL registration, which includes a criminal records check (which may be subject to a fee). The CPSNL form will be sent to the applicant upon approval of the placement.

The College of Physicians & Surgeons of Newfoundland & Labrador requires registration of all visiting students. Registration will be facilitated by the UGME office upon approval of the application by the Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University.


Due to regulations enforced by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Newfoundland and Labrador (CPSNL) that apply to all practicing physicians, residents and medical students, all visiting elective students are to be aware of the provincial policy for blood borne pathogens. In particular, two important aspects are applicable to visiting students:

  1. Students are obliged to know their own serological status for Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) through serological testing, and
  2. Students are required to report a positive test to the CPSNL (at the time of application for a visiting elective at Memorial) if they are participating in behaviours or practices that are known to place patients at higher risk for exposure to blood borne pathogens during the provision of care.  The entire policy and a list of exposure-prone procedures are available on the CPSNL website (


Please refer to the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website for current information and requirements for entry into Canada.



Hospitals require that students are well groomed and dressed in a professional manner. Students are required to bring a white lab coat and stethoscope for all rotations. In addition, students may be required to bring additional medical instruments for certain rotations.               

Students may also wish to bring a padlock or combination lock to secure belongings in the provided on-site storage units.



Memorial University does not provide financial assistance for visiting medical students.


Please take advantage of the resources provided to make the most of Your Stay in Newfoundland & Labrador.

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