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International Trainee Observership Program

at Children's Hospital Colorado

In collaboration with Children's Hospital Colorado, the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and the Center for Global Health an international trainee observer program has been designed.  

This experience will provide a shadowing experience that allows participants to attend patient rounds and teaching conferences, and to interact with faculty, residents and medical students.

It also gives observers an opportunity to learn about the United States medical system in a world-class freestanding children’s hospital. This program does not include direct patient care clinical experiences.

  • Can you tell me what electives have seats available? The roster is constantly changing; therefore, we cannot determine what seats are available. We encourage you to apply for the electives you plan to specialize.
  • Are there any periods for which you are not accepting international observers? Yes, the months of July and December.
  • A faculty member has already told me that I may attend their elective. Is this allowed? In order to ensure fairness to all observers, we do not allow observers to make their own arrangements for observerships directly with individual faculty members and course directors. All scheduling is done on a space-available basis through an application process.


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