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Medical Student Elective Rotations

UC Irvine medical students and visiting medical students are invited to schedule an elective rotation with the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation for a period of two or four weeks.

During this rotation, students help manage patients in the Acute Rehabilitation Unit (ARU) at UC Irvine Medical Center. The ARU is a 14-bed acute rehabilitation unit for patients recovering from acute illnesses such as trauma, stroke, amputation, brain and spinal cord injuries. Medical students participate in daily rounds with a resident and an attending physician. They also participate on the rehab consultation service as a sub-intern. Students are expected to present a topic at the end their rotations. This elective rotation allows medical students to view the daily operations of the inpatient rehabilitation service.

Medical students who elect to do a four-week rotation have the opportunity to rotate to the Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, where they will rotate on the inpatient rehabilitation unit for one week. They also rotate to the VA Long Beach Healthcare System's musculoskeletal outpatient clinic and are expected to improve their musculoskeletal exam skills. During this rotation, students work directly under a resident. This elective rotation allows medical students to view the daily operations of the inpatient rehabilitation service and also to be a part of a very busy oupatient clinic.

UC Irvine medical students: Please contact Terri Dean at

Visiting medical students must apply through the American Association of Medical Colleges:  Visiting Student Application Services (VSAS).

  • Visiting medical students, please see VSAS website for a list of required items.
  • Osteopathic students, please note that in addition to your COMLEX, Level 1 score, a USMLE, Step 1 score is also required.
  • All documents MUST be uploaded onto VSAS.  

*Visiting Student Rotations

Please note that due to the outbreak of COVID-19 UCI will not be accepting visiting students unless they are from another UC, and the rotation is not available at the student’s home institution. Visiting students from sister UC schools must obtain an approval letter from their school’s medical education office, and may submit this letter to the Office of Curricular Affairs at for consideration. Visiting students must be accepted for a rotation by the UCI program director, and each visiting student will be limited to one rotation at UCI.

Please feel free to direct any questions about our program to the current chief residents via email:

Additional Documents to be uploaded under the "Supplemental Section" on VSAS

  1. Personal Statement describing your interests in PM&R (half page)
  2. USMLE Step 2 CK score (Not required, but preferred; submit score, if available.)

Please note:  Participating in an elective rotation does NOT guarantee an interview for the residency program.

To schedule a medical student elective rotation, please contact Diana Arsharuni at