The David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA has in a little more than 60 years grown to become an internationally recognized leader in medical education and research. Our physicians and faculty are dedicated to training outstanding clinicians from all walks of life and helping the next generation of physician-scientists advance their discoveries into breakthrough medicines.
As such, we have developed the following programs for international physicians:
Physician Observerships: The UCLA Health International Physician Observership Program provides a structured clinical training over a one to three-month period, to licensed foreign physicians who wish to upgrade skills in their specialty.
Executive Management: UCLA Health Management Programs share the unique skills and methods by which our leaders manage our organization every day and offers others the opportunity to observe and learn from our clinicians.
Simulation Education: Healthcare simulators increase trainee confidence and competence, improve patient safety, and can also yield cost and process efficiencies.
Continuing Medical Education: UCLA offers significant opportunities for unique educational experiences, no matter what level of experience you have or type of education you are seeking.
The UCLA International Physician Observership Program is an informal observational experience that enables participants to learn procedures, as well as to observe patient rounds and teaching conferences.
Participation in the observership program does not have any bearing on pending or future residency or fellowship applications. UCLA Health is unable to provide any recommendation letters regarding your participation in the observership program. Federal regulations prevent observers from having patient care responsibilities or involvement in any form of volunteer research. Please note as an observer, you are not eligible to have a mednet.ucla.edu email address and cannot have access to our electronic patient record-keeping system. All health professionals participating in the UCLA International Physician Observership Program are required to comply with all UCLA Health and David Geffen School of Medicine policies.
Observerships typically last one to three months. A request for periods longer than three months should be explained in the application. The request must be approved by the host department and an explanation of the activities that you will be observing is required from your host MD.
Minimum education - Graduation from a medical school, and completion of your medical degree.
English Proficiency - In order for you to have the most productive educational and learning experience during your observership, you must be proficient in English.
Visa - You are required to have a B-1 (Temporary Business Visitor) visa. Please note UCLA is unable to assist in processing visas. To find out more about temporary business visas, please go to the U.S. Customs & Immigration Services website. If you have a different type of visa, please contact International Education.
Please see below for our application cycles:
Observership Start Date:
Any day between July 1 – Dec 31
Any day between Jan 1 – Jun 30
Applicants Notified By:
Please have the below documents available for submission:
Application Fee Payment
If you are paying with a non-US issued credit/debit card, please visit Flywire at www.uclaid.flywire.com for payment. Flywire allows you to pay in your country's local currency, save on bank fees and exchange rates, and track your payment from start to finish. If you wish to pay via bank wire transfer, please contact International Education.
Application fees will not be refunded for incomplete applications or for applications that do not meet the requirements and are not accepted. Payment and completion of application do not guarantee acceptance into the observership program.
You must submit your application by the deadline for the appropriate application cycle; late or incomplete applications will not be accepted. After each application deadline, a Review Committee will review completed applications. Faculty may conduct phone interviews with you. Accepted observers will be notified via email. Due to our high volume of applications, we cannot provide feedback to applicants that were not accepted.
After you have been accepted to the observership program, you will work with your host faculty to confirm your specific observership dates. The International Education Team will provide you with additional instructions as you will need to submit a health screening form, complete UCLA Health trainings on patient privacy and safety, and submit proof of health insurance coverage.
For additional questions regarding the program, requirements, or application process, please contact International Education.
UCLA Health Management Programs share the unique skills and methods by which our leaders manage our organization every day and offer others the opportunity to observe and learn from our clinicians. These programs offer five different subject areas (people, service, quality, operations, finance/strategy). A clinical observation component can be added for physician and nursing leaders to round out their experience.
UCLA Health is partnering with renowned UCLA Anderson School of Management to ensure we provide both foundational and applicable skills in our courses. Founded in 1954, UCLA Anderson- Executive Education offers innovative learning solutions that focus on leadership, management and strategy for leading global organizations to meet their unique business objectives. The curriculum goal is to design a leadership development solution that embodies your organization’s culture, incorporates and propels the diligent talent management work that is already taking place, and creates a transformational development experience that continues long after.
The Executive Management Program provides healthcare executives the chance to learn best practices of hospital management and develop strategic skills for financial management and leadership.
The Clinician Development Program is an opportunity for medical professionals to combine clinical observation with an interactive lecture series covering a variety of organizational topics.
All programs are customizable and can be tailored to match the needs of any organization. In addition to the course content that will be provided in each area, participants will be given the option to pair up with a mentor from their technical work area, to ensure the curriculum can be applied to their organization.
For more information or to request a sample program schedule, please contact International Education.
UCLA was among the first institutions to integrate simulation technology, which has now become a standard for medical education, surgical training, and health care team training. Such programs have resulted in improved performance, quicker response time, and less deviation from practice standards. Healthcare simulators increase trainee confidence and competence, improve patient safety, and can also yield cost and process efficiencies.
The UCLA Simulation Center was the first in Southern California to provide simulation-based training to medical students and residents. Established in 1996 by the Department of Anesthesiology, it subsequently evolved to a joint venture between the Department of Anesthesiology and the School of Medicine. Collaborations with the School of Nursing, the School of Dentistry and the UCLA Health System have made our facility an inter-professional training center.
International clinicians (including physicians, nurses, and allied health professionals) can attend courses at one of our 3 simulation education centers. We provide tailored programming and advisory on medical scenarios, surgical techniques, simulation center operations management, and leadership development.
For more information, please contact our office. International Education staff are available by telephone and email from 8 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday. Call +1 (310) 794-9975 or email us at IntlEdu@mednet.ucla.edu.
CASIT, The Center for Advanced Surgical and Interventional Technology is a UCLA-designated research facility whose mission is to define and advance the state of the art of surgical and interventional technology, to revolutionize surgical education and training, to enable the development of unprecedented accuracy and precision in the performance of minimally invasive procedures and to deliver novel, interventional therapies to patients. This will be accomplished through a greater interventional capacity through robotics, informatics, and simulation, and to develop, disseminate, and monitor interventional techniques employing a multidisciplinary research group with a strong foundation in biomedical engineering.
UCLA offers significant opportunities for unique educational experiences, no matter what level of experience you have or type of education you are seeking. Some of our programs include:
The purpose of the Office of Continuing Medical Education, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA is to support the continuing education needs of the medical community by providing high-quality, evidence-based activities designed to narrow the professional practice gaps of its learners. This is accomplished by the development and production of both live courses (conferences, single- and multi-day clinical symposia, regularly scheduled series, webinars) and enduring materials (including internet activities).
Faculty at the David Geffen School of Medicine (DGSOM) lecture at multiple conferences throughout the year in their area of expertise.These live courses are designed to help clinicians maintain and upgrade clinical skills and knowledge, keep abreast of new and evolving medical concepts pertaining to effective diagnostic and treatment strategies, remain current with basic science research, and foster professional development in procedural skills, communication and teaching skills, and bioethics. Attendees also earn American Medical Association (AMA) Physician’s Recognition Award (PRA) credits.
Grand Rounds and Online CME
UCLA specialty departments hold weekly Grand Rounds, providing DGSOM faculty the opportunity to present complex medical cases and foster treatment discussion among clinicians. These discussions are an integral part of continuing medical education and allow faculty to disseminate new research information.
International physician observers are able to attend Grand Round lectures and learn new patient evaluation protocols, innovations in treatment, and recent research discoveries.
Grand Rounds are recorded and available online to our international partner sites through our International Distance Learning Program. For more information, please contact IntlEdu@mednet.ucla.edu.
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