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Frequently Asked Questions

I've submitted an observership interest form. What are the next steps?

After receiving your observership interest form, a representative from International Medicine will send an email that asks you to submit the following:

  1. International Observership Request Form (CHOP will provide this)
  2. A copy of your Resume/CV in English 
  3. A letter of verification of enrollment in a foreign program/employment at an institution

Following the receipt of all documents, your application will be reviewed by the International Medical Education Selection Committee and by your department of interest. Applications are reviewed every two weeks. You will be notified via email of the final decision.

Upon acceptance into the program, you will be contacted by International Medicine to verify financials and to complete administrative requirements. After completing all CHOP requirements, you will receive the following via email:

  1. A letter of participation to assist with visa formalities
  2. Your departmental contact

What is the cost of an international observership?

The tuition of an International Observership is assessed on a weekly basis. Tuition fees can range from $2000/week.

How long does an international observership last?

CHOP International Observerships are customized to meet the needs and requests of the applicant. Typical observerships last between 2 to 8 weeks. Longer length observerships are accommodated on a case-by-case basis.

Is housing provided during an observership?

Living arrangements are the responsibility of accepted applicants. International Medicine can provide a list of hotels in the area that have negotiated rate with CHOP; however, accepted applicants are responsible for the costs of all travel and living expenses.

What kind of visa do I need? Will CHOP help me get my visa?

A tourist visa is all that is required for observer coming to CHOP. CHOP will provide a letter of participation, which will help in the process of obtaining a visa. However, CHOP does not assist directly in obtaining visas or visa forms.

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