Visiting Resident/Fellow Observer



  • A complete application does not guarantee acceptance or admission. Please do not make travel arrangements until you have received eligibility confirmation from the Center for Global Health's program coordinator and Graduate Medical Education (GME).
  • Please note that international students are covered under the UCM malpractice insurance policy.
  • Please ONLY SEND APPLICATION MATERIALS WHEN THEY ARE COMPLETE. Do not send any additional documents.

General Guidelines

  • Individual must have a medical degree (i.e. MD or foreign equivalent)
  • Individual must currently be enrolled in a graduate medical education program that is listed in the FAIMER International Medical Education Directory (IMED).
  • Individual must have sponsorship from an academic institution listed in the IMED or foreign government.
  • Period of observation is limited to 30 days.
  • Application must be received at least 16 weeks in advance of target start date.

Application and Approval Process

Applicants from programs located OUTSIDE the U.S.:

  1. The instutition must be affiliated with a CGH partner institution in order to secure a faculty sponsor at the University of Chicago who agrees to oversee the period of visitation and will be responsible for guiding and monitoring the individual.
  2. Resident and faculty sponsor must jointly create a one-page project proposal, which outlines specific objectives for the visit.
  3. The faculty sponsor must submit a pre-application that includes the one-page proposal and resident's CV to CGH.
  4. CGH will review the request and will notify the sponsoring faculty member that the pre-application has been approved.
  5. It is the responsibility of the faculty sponsor hosting the resident to obtain all required documentation for the full application (check list provided below) and submit completed application to CGH.
  6. CGH will review application and submit to the Graduate Medical Education (GME) office.
  7. Upon CGH/GME approval, CGH will contact the sponsoring faculty member who is responsible for helping with logistics.>
  8. CGH will help arrange a health screening with the Office of Occupational Medicine so the visitor can obtain an ID card (visitor's immunization records and clearance letter from GME must be provided to Occupational Medicine so appointment can be made in advance of visit).

Applicants from programs located INSIDE the U.S.:

  1. Skip to the Application Materials section below and complete all steps EXCEPT #3, #5, #8 and #12.
  2. Send complete application package via email to Marla Scofield. Do not fax application materials. Do not send application materials separately - send one complete package.
  3. Applicants must adhere to all other General Guidelines (above).

Application Materials

  1. Visiting Clinical Observer Application Form
  2. Curriculum Vitae in English
  3. Copy of passport identification page and visa
  4. Copy of medical license
  5. Letter from dean at home institution that states the individual:
    • Has permission to leave (state proposed time frame)
    • Will return to home institution upon completion of project
    • Has language proficiency in English
  6. Letter from faculty sponsor that states:
    • Name of Clinical Resident Observer candidate
    • Proposed start and end dates of training
    • Description of training/mentoring commitment and terms for evaluation
  7. Two letters of recommendation
  8. 5-point letter
  9. Proof of personal health insurance
  10. Copy of immunization records in English. The following immunizations/screenings are required to obtain a medical center ID:
    • Measles
    • Mumps
    • Rubella
    • Varicella
    • Hepititis B (titers or 3 shots)
    • TB test within 12 months
    • Mask fit test must be completed within one year, or can be completed here upon arrival
  11. Proof of HIPAA compliance (can be completed upon arrival in US)
  12. TOEFL Score or proof of English proficiency from Dean of home institution