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Medical Students and Physician Assistant Students

The physicians and staff of Lehigh Valley Health Network have a long-standing commitment to excellence in medical education. SELECT medical education program, created by the University of South Florida (USF) Morsani College of Medicine and Lehigh Valley Health Network, is preparing students to take a leadership role in the accelerating pace of change in health care.

SELECT stands for Scholarly Excellence, Leadership Experiences and Collaborative Training. Students in the program spend their first two years learning in a highly progressive, student-centered medical school, the USF Morsani College of Medicine in Tampa, Fla. They then spend their final two years learning inside our technologically advanced health network, which is recognized nationally for quality, safety and collaborative care.The program strives to create an atmosphere where learning will flourish.

Lehigh Valley Health Network also offers electives for fourth-year medical students from LCME- and AOA-accredited medical schools.

Fourth-year medical students

LVHN offers elective rotations to fourth-year medical students from LCME- and AOA-accredited medical schools in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Canada. Students must apply through the Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS).  Students will receive a VSAS email notification with the department’s decision to approve or not approve a request.

Physician assistant students

LVHN currently offers elective rotations to physician assistant students from DeSales University. LVHN will only process one elective rotation request per student per academic year.

Please note that at this time, LVHN is not entering into any new affiliation agreements.

Shadowing requests

LVHN does not approve shadowing or observation requests for medical students, physician assistant students or individuals applying to physician assistant programs.

Medical students interested in an educational experience at LVHN are encouraged to apply for an elective rotation via VSAS.

Physician assistant students interested in an educational experience at LVHN are encouraged to apply for an elective rotation via the "Eligibility For Physician Assistant Elective Rotation" form above.

Medical student orientation requirements

**NOTE: This website is strictly for medical students whose elective rotations have been approved by LVHN. If you are looking to apply for an elective rotation please visit the VSAS website.

Welcome to Lehigh Valley Health Network! I'm Alan Otsuki, MD, Associate Dean and Chief, Division of Education. I'd like to personally welcome you to LVHN. We're excited to have you learn with us. Please review the following orientation information prior to the start date of your rotation.

Welcome to LVHN's new online Medical Student orientation. Please find below all of the orientation information and required forms for you to complete prior to your rotation start date. All requirements must be submitted 3 weeks prior to the start of your rotation or your rotation start date will be delayed.

Students are required to complete this orientation once per academic year. If you have completed the below requirements during the current academic year you can report directly to your rotation department specific orientation. Please refer to the "Where to Report the First Day of Your Rotation" section of the Medical Student Handbook.

Required items

Additional information

Housing - There is housing available for visiting medical students. Effective July 1, 2013, a $50 per week housing fee will be implemented.  If you will require housing during your rotation click here. We will contact you via e-mail with the status of your request.

Health requirements - Students must provide LVHN with a copy of their school immunization record with updated PPD (within 3 months of starting academic year) and a copy of your insurance card. If you applied in VSAS, you do not need to re-submit your health information. Students who have not applied through VSAS, please submit a copy or request a copy be sent from your school to:

Office of Student Affairs
Attn: Medical Student Coordinator
1247 S. Cedar Crest Blvd., 2nd Floor
Allentown, PA 18103
Fax: 610-402-2203

Students completing a rotation between October and April are required to obtain and submit proof of a current flu vaccination.

Additional resources

Anesthesia students