Observership and Rotation Opportunities


Offer international emergency medicine physicians the opportunity to visit prestigious medical schools in the United States in order to observe, tour, collaborate or participate in an (informal) educational initiative. Observers are strictly to observe only; they do not partake in any direct clinical action or case advisement. An observership is a period of time spent observing clinical practice – strictly “hands off” the patients.

Details associated with observerships are:

  • Normally lasts between one to six weeks
  • Voluntary experience; does not involve a service commitment or salary
  • Non-accredited; no medical education credits or certificates of completion are awarded
  • Does not constitute medical education, graduate medical education, continuing medical education, or training leading to licensure or board certification.
  • You may have to pay for the privilege
  • Linked with a supervising doctor
  • No patient contact
  • No responsibility for the patient
  • You basically learn by observing
  • Do not normally need malpractice insurance as there is no patient contact
  • Typical day: attending clinical meetings, tutorials, ward rounds, clinics, seminars, watching procedures or operations, doing a research project, using the medical school resources to learn independently (eg library, online journals)


Offer emergency medicine students, residents, and faculty the opportunity to travel internationally and experience the practice of emergency medicine in countries outside of the United States. Learning and practicing medicine in another country is a unique opportunity that allows participants to gain clinical exposure and hands on training while being exposed to new languages and cultures. The intense experience of working in another country helps develop the participants’ professionalism, ethics, and communication skills.