Frequently Asked Questions

Can I still apply if my university is not affiliated with UIC?

Yes. However, there are a limited number of electives available each month and preference is given to students from affiliated universities.

How long after I submit my application will it be before I receive a decision?

We try to make decisions as quickly as possible as we accept students on a rolling basis, but depending on the elective and month the timing may vary greatly. You will be informed of our decision no later then 6 weeks prior to the start date of the earliest elective month for which you applied.

If I am not accepted, can I re-apply for different electives and/or rotation dates?

Yes. However, you must submit an entirely separate application as we will not respond to questions sent in reply to your denial email. If you choose to re-apply, we strongly encourage that you have a genuine interest in the electives for which you select as it is in both your and the department’s best interest to ensure a successful learning experience.

Can I apply for multiple rotations? What is the maximum number of electives I can take?

Generally, we allow students complete up to two consecutive four week long rotations (8 weeks total). However, after acceptance into one elective we can consider additional requests on a case-by-case basis.

What HIPAA certification do I need to complete?

You should complete the “HIPAA Awareness for Healthcare Providers” course, this includes two separate training modules which both must be completed in their entirety.

Do I need to submit TOEFL scores?

Yes, TOEFL scores must be submitted, unless you have other proof of proficiency in the English language. These can include a letter from your dean verifying that your medical curriculum is taught in English, being a native speaker, taking university level English courses, or completing practical training in an English speaking country.

Are there any recommended companies to acquire personal health insurance?

Our office does not handle personal health insurance for students. In many cases, the health insurance that you use at home will offer extended insurance for travels abroad. You should contact your insurance provider to find out if they can provide you with any options while you are here.

Are there any recommended companies to acquire malpractice insurance?

Yes. Please view our recommendations for malpractice insurance companies.

What payment methods are accepted? When do I need to pay by?

Payments may be made in the form of a credit card, money order, or cashier’s check drawn from a US bank made out to “UIC”. Personal check permitted if from a U.S. bank, made out to “UIC”. Cash is permitted, but not preferred. Wire transfer credit card is not permitted. Elective fee is non-refundable and due at orientation.

What do I need to do to prepare for the nurse visit that happens at orientation?

More information will be provided to you as your orientation date approaches. However, some basic information is that the student questionnaire should be filled out before coming in, all males should be clean shaven (no facial hair is permitted where the seal of the respirator rests), and students should not eat, drink or smoke for at least 15 minutes prior to the appointment.