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Observership Policy

According the Council on Medical Education, observership is defined as "a structured opportunity for an IMG to observe clinical practice in a variety of health care settings under the guidance of a physician mentor and to learn about the general structure, characteristics, and financing of health care delivery in the US." Therefore, the observer has no direct patient care responsibilities but is encouraged to participate in daily teaching rounds and discussion of patient care.

Due to the increasing number of requests for observerships, the following policy will be in effect for the 2012-2013 academic year:

  1. As a general rule we do NOT offer observerships. However if you are a faculty member here at TJUH and you have first-hand knowledge of an applicant's academic qualifications you may recommend this person for an observership. The recommendation must come directly from you. In addition the following guidelines must be adhered to:
  2. The applicant must speak English.
  3. For International Graduates in a 5 year program:
    1. Must have finished 4th year successfully
    2. Must have passed USMLE step 1
    3. Be in good standing at the school
  4. For International Graduates in a 4 year program (such as a Caribbean school):
    1. Must have finished core internal medicine clerkships
    2. Must have passed USMLE step 1
    3. Be in good standing at the school
  5. Observers can spend no more than one month on an inpatient medicine service.
    There are no exceptions.
  6. Observers are not accepted in January, June, July, or December.
  7. We cannot guarantee a letter of recommendation at the completion of the observership.

Application Process

There is a $200 application fee made payable to 'TJUH - Department of Medicine' This payment must be received prior to the start of the observership.

In addition, the following items need to be submitted to the Residency Coordinator (Deborah Richards) at before an observership will be approved:

  • A cover letter detailing desired rotation
  • C.V.
  • A letter of reference from the referring faculty member.
  • USMLE score report
  • ECFMG certificate (if available)
  • Copy of current Visa
  • Immunization Records

** Any IMG approved for an Observership must be prepared to present their Invitation Letter, Pre-Arrival Form, Passport, Visa, and proof of health insurance upon arrival.  There are no exceptions!  Thank you.