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. 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.
Please note 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.
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.
Graduation from a medical school, and completion of your medical degree.
Proficient in English
In order for you to have the most productive educational and learning experience during your observership, you must be proficient in English.
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 US Customs & Immigration Services website: https://www.uscis.gov/working-united-states/temporary-visitors-business. If you have a different type of visa, please contact the International Office at IntlEdu@mednet.ucla.edu.
Please note there is a nonrefundable $750 application fee. Please note the host department may have a training fee of $4,000/month; payment will need to be received prior to start of observership. Observers will be responsible for their own travel, accommodation, and living expenses.
Please see below for our application cycles:
Observership Start Date:
Applicants Notified By:
July 1 – December 31
January 1 – June 30
Please have the below documents available for submission:
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 IntlEdu@mednet.ucla.edu for account information.
Please note 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 does not guarantee acceptance into the observership program.
Please note 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. Please note 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. Please note the International Office will provide you with additional instructions as you will need to submit a health screening form, complete UCLA Health online 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 the International Education Program at IntlEdu@mednet.ucla.edu.