About Clinical Observerships:
Clinical Observership participants are physicians who have completed medical school but are not licensed to practice or train in any US or Canadian approved residency program. Such individuals are usually graduates of International medical schools who desire exposure to clinical practice in the United States.
An observership is a clinical rotation that does not allow direct patient contact. It is essential to understand this. Please read further to ensure understanding. As opposed to a Medical Student, an observer does not have malpractice insurance coverage and thus cannot provide any patient care. The observer will not be allowed to interview, examine, write in charts, or provide any advice to patients.
- To familiarize yourself with the U.S. medical system.
- To learn the essentials of history and physical examinations.
- To learn how to ascertaining patients' acute symptoms and making a subsequent therapeutic plan.
- To learn to write a progress notes.
- To learn how to interpret basic lab tests and radiology data such as blood, urine serum, X-rays, etc.
- This program is not an internship or fellowship.
- International Observers will not provide direct patient care.
- International Observers must hold a degree in medicine or be enrolled in a medical school.
- International Observers are required to demonstrate proficiency of the English language, either by a phone interview or satisfactory results of Step 2 CS examination.
- Upon successful completion of the program, International Observers will receive a certificate from Master the Wards, LLC.
- This Program does not satisfy the eligibility requirements for certification by the American Board of Internal Medicine.
A formal application shall be submitted via our website or downloaded, printed, completed and mailed according to the included instructions. The following are required to be submitted to the Committee to be considered for participation in the program:
- A cover letter detailing desired rotation
- At least one letter of reference from a clinical supervisor or advisor or an attending physician
- Personal Statement (optional)
- USMLE score reports
- ECFMG certificate
- Documentation of up-to-date immunization record, and health insurance coverage
- A recent photograph for identification
- Application fee
- A completed application should be received at least 12 weeks in advance of a start date request. Shorter durations will not guarantee availability
- Formal start date is usually the first working Monday of a calendar month.
Applications will be formally reviewed within one week of receipt. Only complete applications will be considered. A formal notice indicating whether the application has been approved will be sent within 2 weeks. Observership selection is based on the above criteria.
Once approved, and prior to placement, it is essential that the following 3 certifications are obtained and uploaded to supplement your application. Follow each link to obtain a certificate, then email them together as PDFs when you apply.
Interest in Internal Medicine Residency program in future and prospects of becoming an observer does not automatically result in an invitation for an interview or enhance the chances for acceptance in to a residency program.
A candidate may request letters of reference from the teaching attending. It is at the discretion of the teaching attending to furnish such a letter and participation does not guarantee a letter.
- Housing is the responsibility of the applicant.
- All applicants participating in the program must obtain a Visa and is the sole responsibility of the applicant. Master the Wards, LLC will not assist in sponsorship.
- International Medical Student are eligible and graduates should be ECFMG Certified.