Visiting Students

Memorial University is not currently accepting applications for visiting elective experiences. Please check this website regularly for the most up-to-date information related to visiting elective experiences at Memorial University.



Elective Application priority will be given to learner-applicants from:

  1. Memorial University’s Doctor of Medicine (MD) program
  2. Committee on the Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS) accredited Canadian medical schools
  3. Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER) medical schools with proof of residency in Newfoundland and Labrador
    • FAIMER applicants who are unable to provide proof of residency in Newfoundland & Labrador may apply for a subset of elective experiences and sites.

In line with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Newfoundland and Labrador (CPSNL) and Memorial University’s Faculty of Medicine, Undergraduate Medical Education will not consider applications for:

  • visiting observerships
  • visiting core clinical rotations
  • visiting electives for medical graduates


Visiting elective applications may be made not more than 26 weeks and not less than 16 weeks prior to the requested start. Applicants may expect a response regarding elective applications 8-16 weeks in advance of the start date of the requested elective.
Successful submission of a visiting elective application does not guarantee an elective experience. Elective experiences will be offered based on the availability of preceptors and space at the time of the requested elective. 
Following Memorial University’s elective offer, all applicants receive an acceptance package which outlines the required application for educational registration with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Newfoundland & Labrador (CPSNL). This additional application process includes, among other requirements, a recent criminal records and vulnerable sector check from the applicant’s jurisdiction (which may be subject to additional fees).
In the absence of approved educational registration with the CPSNL, visiting learners will NOT be permitted patient contact and will not be eligible to receive academic credit for the experience.


In line with policies set forth by the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC), applicants from medical schools outside of Canada will be limited to 12 weeks of elective experiences within Canada. These applicants may be permitted up to 8 weeks of elective experiences at Memorial University.

Memorial University visiting elective experiences are limited to a maximum of four weeks in any one specialty/sub-specialty. Some Memorial University visiting elective experiences are further limited to a maximum of two weeks within the specialty/sub-specialty.