Visiting Resident/Fellow Observer

*Note to applicants: 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).
Residents and clinical trainees from both CGH partner institutions and non-parter institutions may apply, but must already have established a faculty sponsor. Faculty sponsors will not accept "cold call" requests.

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.

Individual must have a UChicago faculty sponsor who agrees to oversee the period of visitation and who will be responsible for guiding and monitoring the resident's training.
  • Period of observation is limited to 30 days. 
  • Application must be received at least 12 weeks in advance of target start date.

Application and Approval Process

1. Hosting department/faculty sponsor communicates with CGH staff about the resident. 
2. A complete application is submitted on behalf of the resident/trainee or hosting department to CGH at least 12 weeks in advance of the target start date. 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.

3. CGH will review the request and will send the complete application to the office of Graduate Medical Education (GME) for a final review. 
4. Once GME issues an official approval letter, CGH will confirm with the faculty sponsor, hosting department, and resident/trainee.
5. Administrator of the hosting department will arrange an appointment for the resident/trainee's health screening upon arrival with the office of Occupational Medicine. The administrator of the hosting department will send a copy of the applicant's immunizations to Occupational Medicine ahead of time and notify the resident of any missing tests.
6. Upon the applicant's arrival, the administrator of the hosting department will take the applicant to get health clearance from Occupational Medicine and their ID badge (with approval letter and hard copy of immunizations in hand)
7. Finally, the resident/trainee will report to the hosting department for the observership schedule.

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

  • Has language proficiency in English

6. 5-point letter from faculty sponsor that states:
  • Name of candidate

  • Proposed start and end dates of training

  • 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)
  • 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