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Frequently Asked Questions

How to Apply?

Submit an application → with as much accurate information as possible. A team member will contact you once it has been received to proceed through the registration process. The initial application on the website is free. Additional fee information is provided after you have submitted an application.

What is the recommended timeframe I should apply for rotations I am interested in?

All rotations are on a first come, first serve basis, and are scheduled based on preceptor and rotation availability.

Please submit an application at least 2 months prior to your expected start date. If the desired rotations are readily available, processing and confirmation may be done earlier. We only schedule and confirm rotations 1-2 months in advance of your intended start date. We cannot schedule and confirm a rotation more than 1-2 months in advance of your intended start date.

Please note that all rotations start on Monday of your first week and will end on the Friday of the last week that you are scheduled for (i.e. if you want a 4-week rotation, the last day will be on the Friday of week 4).

What documentation is required for the application and registration?

The application itself does not require additional documents. Once your application has been received you will get an email with a registration packet with additional information and required documents that need to be completed in order to be placed into a rotation.

Please ensure that when you submit your required documentation, documents should be separated, in PDF format and appropriately labeled with your name and name of the document. All documents should be sent in 1 cohesive email, not separate emails.

Which rotations do you offer?

All of our offered rotations are listed on the services page and on the application page. If you do not see the rotation/specialty listed, we do not offer that rotation.

How long is a rotation?

Each rotation is a minimum of 4-weeks. We do not offer less than 4-week rotations. Additional time can be added within one specialty or other specialties based on preceptor availability. A rotation cannot be done as split between two rotations (i.e. you cannot do one specialty for 2-weeks and another for 2-weeks).

Are the rotations hands-on or observerships?

All rotations are hands-on experiences. Our excellent preceptors understand why you are participating  in the rotation, thus allow as much of a hands-on experience as possible. The dedication  you put into the rotation will allow you to gain more  knowledge and overall experience.

What is the cost of a rotation?

The cost of the rotation may vary based on if you request inpatient only, outpatient only or a combination rotation, as well as the number of rotations requested. Please complete and submit an application for more information. All fees must be submitted up front, to secure a rotation. Details of the rotation will only be provided once all documentation and fees are submitted, and once we have confirmation from an available preceptor from our end.

Are there discount options for rotations?

Yes, we do offer discounts if more than 1 rotation (4 weeks) is requested/confirmed.

What is the refund policy?

A 25% withholding fee will be charged for any cancellations once a rotation has been confirmed.

Do you offer Telerotations?

We do not offer Telerotations. All of our rotations require that the student be present in person for the full experience.

Do you offer assistance with a visa invitation letter?

Yes, for Medical Graduates Only. It is the responsibility of the student to obtain the visa and we will provide a letter, for an additional fee, stating the duration, location of the rotation and name of the doctor you will be working with.

If you are an active medical student, you need to obtain the visa from your medical school.

The visa provided is for B1/B2 only.

Please note: HMC does not sponsor visas, we do not guarantee that you will get your visa and we do not guarantee any expediting of the process. You receiving the visa to travel to the USA for a particular rotation is at the discretion of immigration services.

If you are approved for the visa, then you will need to submit all required documentation and pay the full fees for a rotation and it would then be scheduled based on preceptor availability.

Do we require passing USMLE scores to participate in a rotation?

No, board exam scores/completion are not required to participate in rotations with HMC. We do expect keen interest in learning during your stay in the rotation.

I am in medical school. Can I do a rotation with you?

Yes. Anyone is eligible, who has legal documents to stay in USA, is allowed irrespective of what stage of your journey you are in. Rotations are also available if you are a medical graduate and/or IMG.

What is the name of my supervising doctor?

Doctor information is not released prior to completion of the application, registration and payment of all fees. Once these have been confirmed, a team member will inform you of the doctor name and location of the rotation.

Will my rotation be in a hospital or in an office?

It depends upon the supervising doctor. May be both or just one. Please note that inpatient rotations have limited availability. Specific rotation information is only released after all documentation and fees are submitted and confirmation has occurred from our end.


Any and all rotations with HMC are not in teaching hospitals or affiliated with universities.

Our amazing board-certified preceptors allow for hands-on experiences in local community clinics or hospitals, depending on the specialty and availability.

We are not associated with any residency programs, nor are we a residency program.

Participating in rotations with our preceptors can help you gain valuable USA experience and exposure in medicine if you are seeking a residency spot in the USA.

Where will my rotation be located?

All rotations, regardless of specialty, are located within a 5-10 mile radius of HMC headquarters (Sugar Land, TX). We do not offer rotations in other states, only in the greater Houston/Sugar Land, Texas area.

Do you offer assistance with housing?

We do not place students in a housing facilities. You are welcome to look for housing, room shares, apartments, or hotels/motels/AirBnB in the 77478 or 77479 zip code regions, as most rotations are in this area. All travel, lodging and living costs are the responsibility of the student.

Will the LOR be on office or hospital letterhead?

It depends upon the supervising doctor, however many rotations we offer, the LOR will be on clinic letterhead. You will need to speak with your supervising doctor/preceptor when you are actively in the rotation and they will work with you for the LOR. HMC is not responsible for providing LORs, that is strictly between you and the preceptor when you are actively in the rotation. Please review the rest of the FAQ and submit an application to find out how to secure your desired rotation.

Is a LOR guaranteed?

The LOR is at the discretion of the doctor you work with and the effort you put forth. You would need to discuss your LOR with your preceptor once you are actively in the rotation.

What will the schedule be like?

It will be dependent upon the specialty and the doctor’s specific schedule. Most rotations are Monday-Friday, 9 AM – 5 PM CST. If there is a different schedule than this, you can discuss that with your preceptor when you are actively in the rotation. We expect students to be present for the entire rotation and to work within the working hours of the preceptor. If you are unable to do so, please consider scheduling your rotation for times when you will be able to dedicate fully to the rotation and experience.

Do you provide Malpractice Insurance?

We do not require Malpractice Insurance for you to participate in the rotation, nor do we provide it. It is your own discretion to purchase your own Malpractice Insurance and can provide proof of insurance to your preceptor when you start the rotation.

How many students are in a rotation at one time?

It varies from rotation to rotation, but mostly 1-2 students rotate at a time.

What is HMC privacy policy?

Houston Medical Clerkship does not guarantee placement into a residency program. Houston Medical Clerkship does not collect personal data except for use in the application or registration process. Houston Medical Clerkship does not sell any personal data submitted by visitors to our site to any third parties. Houston Medical Clerkship may collect personal data, in which case, the following rules apply:  Houston Medical Clerkship will abide by all applicable laws concerning the release of personal information and we respect the privacy of users visiting our website. Any user reviews, student interviews, photographs/video and feedback submitted to Houston Medical Clerkship may be used for promotional marketing materials.

Need More Information?

Please Apply Online if you have any additional questions and our team will be glad to help. We are here to understand your individual needs and assist you.