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GOUMS Medical Elective (Internship) Program (s):

Golestan University of Medical Sciences (GOUMS) is eager to offer a wide array of medical elective programs for students of both international and Iranian origin. Medical students are provided with an unprecedented opportunity at GOUMS, within the scope of medical elective programs and beyond, enabling them to experience healthcare in an entirely new atmosphere. GOUMS also offers a unique chance to develop medical skills through observation and participation of overseas healthcare delivery systems.


Moreover, Gorgan, home to GOUMS, offers a sparkling and inviting atmosphere where students can study and thrive in. The faculty and staff at Golestan University of Medical Sciences welcome students from around the world strong interests in medical studies.


To participate in our Elective Program, you must be an active student in the medical field. However, we do not accept graduate students. Aspiring professionals of grad status are advised to take part in graduate programs. such as Fellowship, Subspecialty, and Specialty programs. As a potential student of our Elective Program, you can rest assure that learning in conjunction with other students of GOUMS is a unique opportunity; an opportunity that fulfills the social and educational prerequisites of our valued students, as presented by Golestan University of Medical Sciences.


The Medical Elective Program, systematized by GOUMS, is ready for you. Placements and posts are available in our teaching Hospitals: Sayyad Shirazi, 5- Azar, or Talegnani Hospitals, wherein we instruct our students in medical knowledge, clinical abilities, and behavioral techniques, making them into able, experienced, and competent doctors. The  following table provides significant data pertaining to the GOUMS Medical Elective Program (s):
Item Description
Application Fee None
Tuition Fee 000.00 USD each month
Program Duration 4-16 Weeks
Application Period All Year Round*
Medium of Instruction English/Persian
Admission Notification Candidates will be notified of the results via email
Accommodation Fee 000.00 USD per Month***


*Application call for Medical Elective Program(s) at GOUMS is open year round. Nonetheless, candidates are encouraged to apply at least 6 to 8 months prior to the commencement of the program to avoid any visa issues.
**Please note that GOUMS can possibly supply the medical elective candidates with furnished dormitories, provided that vacancies are available at GOUMS residence halls. Visiting students will be offered accommodations after they’ve paid the determined fee.

Why study abroad for your Medical Elective?

Taking on new experiences abroad, as a medical student, can expose you to new techniques and treatments that are hardly, if ever, seen in your own home country. Many students claim that undertaking a medical elective program abroad is one of the most rewarding endeavors of their undergraduate medical journey.
Alternative environments can challenge and encourage students to become more innovative in their skills and talents; thus, leading them to seek out creative solutions to medical problems. For example, because of the great number of patients and cases you receives during their elective period, you will  encounter a range of medical conditions you seldom experience in your home country. New cases may appear complex at first glance, but each new case will challenge you to understand and remedy illnesses that you are unfamiliar with. Such experiences, in turn, will broaden your scope of knowledge in the medical field.
Additionally, you will have the chance to train alongside skilled professionals from the region, if you choose to study abroad. Local professionals are willing to share their expertise with you and educate you on the healthcare issues in your host country. Additionally, despite the hard work of a medical student, living abroad can be exciting. You will be graced with a greater worldview by the rare opportunity of immersing yourself in a new culture, experiencing life in an entirely fresh setting, while living in the unique and colorful city of Gorgan.

List of GOUMS Clinical Departments:

The following provides a list of GOUMS clinical departments that one can undertake as Medical Elective Placements:
  • Department of Anesthesiology
  • Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics
  • Department of Internal Medicine
  • Department of Neurology
  • Department of Neurosurgery
  • Department of Pediatrics
  • Department of Radiology
  • Department of Surgery
  • Department of Urology

Eligibility Criteria:
Applicants must satisfy the conditions below to be eligible for GOUMS Medical Elective Program(s):

  • Applicants must be medical students (students of majors other than medicine are excluded from the program).
  • The candidate must be at the undergraduate level.
  • The applying candidate must be in their last or penultimate year of study of their medical degree. Before undertaking an elective at GOUMS, students are expected to have completed some clinical training.
  • Candidates must be one of the following: enrolled at a non-Iranian University, an international student studying at an Iranian university, or an Iranian student studying abroad. 

Program Requirements: 
The online application will ask you to upload scanned versions of the following documents. Make sure to prepare them in advance, before submitting your application.

  • A clear photograph of the applicant
  • A copy of the main pages from the passport Curriculum Vitae (CV)/ Résumé
  • Transcript of records/mark sheets
  • English proficiency certificate
  • Medical Elective Application Form (applicants must complete all fields of the Medical Elective Application Form, get it signed and stamped by the institution which they are studying at)

Language Requirements 
The applicants must meet one of the following language proficiency requirements:

  • TOEFL: minimum score of 69 IBT; 525 PBT
  • IELTS: minimum band score of 5.5
  • Other evidence verifying the applicant has an English proficiency equivalent to requirements of 1 or 2 of the above, at the least, will be considered. 
  • To be exempt from this requirement, an applicant must be a native English speaker or have an education wherein English was the primary language of instruction of their University program.
  • Candidates who know Persian are exceptions.

Accepting an Offer:

Offers regarding elective opportunities will be open for a total of 8 weeks. If we have not received a confirmation of acceptance from the applicant within that time, his/her name will be removed from our files; their place will be offered to another qualifying student. Thus, it is important that all  the applicants confirm acceptance as soon as possible via email.

Cancellation of an Elective Attachment: 
If at any time, an applicant chooses to withdraw their application or cancel an offer of attachment, this should be arranged IMMEDIATELY via email at
Visa Application:
Upon receipt of your admission, you are requested to submit the following items to GOUMS via e-mail:

The visa process can take at least 6-8 weeks to complete. Each successful application is assigned a reference number/authorization code by the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. You will need the reference number/authorization code along with your original passport to obtain your visa. Once we've received the reference number/authorization code, we will forward it to you via email. Afterward, you will need to schedule an appointment with the Iranian embassy or consulate with your country to inform them about your decision on your application form. Bring the obtained visa reference number/authorization code, together with your passport, to the relevant embassy or consulate to collect your visa. For further information, see here.

See below for the link to apply through our electronic process. All visiting students must complete the online application. Remember to fill in all the required fields of the application form prior to applying and submit it along with the other requested documents.
Click here to apply for GOUMS Medical Elective program(s):

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