Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University

Frequently Asked Questions

Rotations begin during the summer months.  Please see the Clinical Curriculum Planner on the Clinical Electives Overview page for exact dates.  The duration of an elective at Sidney Kimmel Medical College is 4 weeks, we do not offer two week rotations. 

The earliest that a student may apply is February 1st, when the application becomes available.  Please note that the application will not be forwarded to the department until May, after the clinical scheduling of currently enrolled students takes place. 

Yes, you are eligible to apply for more than one rotation.  Due to the fact that slots fill fairly quickly, very few students are enrolled for more than one elective. 

The current passing score of the Step 1 Exam is 192.  The USMLE site has information about passing scores for their exams. 

We do not offer a waiver in place of the USMLE Step 1 Exam.  Exams from other countries are not accepted in its place. 

The number of students that apply varies from year to year.  The number of students accepted is based on availability. 

Yes, however electives are based on availability and we can not guarantee that certain dates/specialties will be available. 

Please send an email to to cancel the elective.  Please be sure to include the department, course, and elective dates. 

No, we do not offer deferments.

The current application fee for international students is $75 and the course enrollment fee is $750 per four-week elective.  Fees are subject to change.

Please review the requirements as indicated within your elective application and contact your insurance provider within your designated country.  Please note that the insurance purchased must correspond with the dates on the elective application if accepted.

Once a student applies, we do not issue a refund for the application fee.