Visiting Resident Observer

General Information

  • This pathway is open to medical residents and clinical trainees from both CGH partner institutions and non-partner insitutions. All applicants must have established a UChicago Medicine faculty sponsor at the time of application.
  • The period of observation for Visiting Resident Observers is limited to 30 days.
  • Visiting Resident Observers are not allowed to engage in patient care.
  • 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 (GHI) and the Graduate Medical Education (GME) offices.
  • Contact the Education Administrator with questions.
  • Visit the Center for Global Health website.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicant must have a medical degree (i.e. MD or foreign equivalent)
  • Applicant must currently be enrolled in a foreign graduate medical education program that is listed in the FAIMER International Medical Education Directory (IMED).
  • Applicant must have sponsorship from a foreign government or an academic institution listed in the IMED.
  • Applicant must have a UChicago Medicine faculty sponsor who agrees to oversee the period of visitation and who will be responsible for guiding and monitoring the resident's training.
  • Perod 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

  1. Applicant submits a complete application to the host department at the UChicago Medicine. It is the responsibility of the faculty sponsor and/or host department to collect all the required documentation from the Applicant.
  2. Once all application materials have been completed and collected, the host department will submit the application to the Center for Global Health (CGH) on behalf of the Applicant. Applications must be submitted at least 16 weeks in advance of the start date.
  3. CGH will review the application materials. If anything is incomplete, CGH will communicate with the host department - not the applicant - regarding the application. If the application is approved by CGH they will coordinate with the office of Graduate Medical Education (GME) for a final review and approval.
  4. Once GME issues an official approval letter, CGH will confirm with the faculty sponsor and hosting department, who will communicate with the Applicant.
  5. As soon as the Applicant is approved, the host department will arrange an appointment for a health screening at the office of Occupational Medicine on behalf of the Applicant. This appointment is to take place upon the Applicant's arrival to UChicago Medicine. Prior to the appointment, the host department should send a copy of the Applicant's immunization records to Occupational Medicine who will notify the applicant of any missing tests or immunizations in advance of their arrival.
  6. Upon the Applicant's arrival to the UChicago Medicine, the applicant should bring a copy of their approval letter (from GME) and their immunization records with them to their appointment in Occupational Medicine. After the health screening appointment, the Applicant will obtain an ID badge - this cannot be done until after the health screening appointment.
  7. For the duration of the observership, the Applicant will report to the hosting department.
  8. Applications materials are due 16 weeks before proposed start date.

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 in English.
  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; and
    • Has language proficiency in English.
  6. 5-point Letter from faculty sponsor that states:
    • Name of Applicant;
    • Proposed start and end dates of training; and
    • Description of training/mentoring commitment and terms for evaluation.
  7. Two letters of recommendation.
  8. Proof of personal health insurance in English.
  9. 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)
    • Tdap vaccine within the last 10 years
    • TB test within 12 months
    • Mask fit test must be completed within one year, or can be completed here upon arrival
  10. Proof of HIPAA compliance (can be completed upon arrival in US).
  11. TOEFL Score, if not from the British Commonwealth, and proof of English proficiency from Dean of home institution.
  12. Submit ALL application materials in ONE submission to Marla Scofield (Education Administrator) at Do not submit materials in multiple emails.