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International Trainee Observership Program


As part of our educational outreach mission, the University of Colorado Department of Pediatrics and Children’s Hospital Colorado have established an International Trainee Observership Program aimed at medical students or pediatric trainees from abroad, who are seeking an opportunity to learn and gain experiences in pediatric specialties with the intent to give back to their institution and community in their home country.  

Our international trainee observer program provides a shadowing experience that allows participants to attend patient rounds, 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. 

Disclaimer:  Being accepted for an observership rotation with our institution does not constitute or imply an endorsement by our residency or fellowship programs and their participating faculty.  Application approval and participation in a rotation does not guarantee an invitation to interview for a residency or fellowship position.  In addition, availability for a preferred subspecialty is at the discretion of each division that must take into consideration the division’s resources and the needs of learners already involved in the department.


How to Apply For an Observership

  1. Make sure you qualify as international observer:

    • a) medical student from abroad

    • b) pediatric or family medicine physicians in training

  2. Please refer to the schedule below and select a rotation period that is most appropriate for you.  *Please do not attempt to apply for more than one rotation period.
  3. In the online application, you can choose up to three rotations in order of priority within a rotation period.
  4. Complete the online application and submit all required documents before the application close date, May 15, 2015
  5. Rotations are one month in duration and you may submit only one application during a 12-month period.

2015 - 2016 Rotation Schedule and Due Dates

Due Date for ALL Applicants 
1st Rotation Period
2nd Rotation Period
3rd Rotation Period 

May 15, 2015

September, October, November 2015
January, February, March 2016
April, May, June 2016
Deadline to complete
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For 1st rotation period
July 1, 2015
For 2nd rotation period
November 1, 2015
For 3rd rotation period
February 1, 2016

 

Application Process

Before you complete the online application form, please gather all the required documents listed below and submit them along with the application before the close of the application due date, May 15, 2015.

To be Submitted with Application:

  1. A copy of your USMLE transcript. 
  2. If you are considering applying for residency and you have not completed the Step 1 and Step 2 examination, please do not apply until you have completed them.
  3. A Dean’s letter indicating your class ranking and whether or not you were an honor student
  4. Copy of your medical school transcript that gauges clinical performance
  5. Copy of your CV

 

Please Follow These Steps:

Step 1

 

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Step 2

 

Expectations:

  • All observers must wear a Children's Hospital Colorado photo ID at all times while on site. The badge must be returned at the end of the rotation. There is an assessment of a fee for unreturned or damaged ID badges.
  • Observers must be supervised at all times by an attending faculty physician, fellow, or supervising resident physician.
  • Observers may participate in lunch conferences and other didactic activities as appropriate.
  • Observers must not provide medical care, conduct patient interviews, take a medical history, examine a patient, provide medical advice to a patient, or assist in any procedure.
  • Observers must not make entries into patient medical records.
  • Observers should never make copies of any patient medical records or other materials identified with patient names or other patient information.
  • Observers must not write orders for patients or make verbal orders for patients.

 

FAQs

Eligibility:

  • 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.
  • How long until I receive information regarding whether or not my application was approved? June 26, 2015, which is six weeks after the application due date
  • Supplemental Information - Submit after receipt of acceptance (The supplemental information must be submitted a minimum of ninety days prior to the start of the rotation.)
    • Proof of health insurance coverage
    • Copy of your international criminal background check.
    • Proof that you passed a drug screen, requirements on application
    • Proof of immunizations, requirements on application
  • Where should I send my additional supplemental application paperwork? Once an applicant has been approved for an observership, all supplemental paperwork should be emailed exactly 2 months prior to the start of the rotation and sent to the following email address: observers@childrenscolorado.org
    What if I am a medical student and I'm looking for credit towards graduation from my medical school?  If you are a medical student from outside of the United States and you are looking for credit towards graduation, please read the instructions to apply for a rotation through the University of Colorado School Medicine by clicking on the link below.
  • Here is the link:  Instructions for Medical Students

 

General:

  • Where can I find more information on housing during my rotation? Contact observers@childrenshospital.org for a list of current housing options.
  • Are meals provided? No, meals are each individual’s responsibility.
  • What is the hospital’s dress code?  You are required to dress professionally and wear a short white lab coat at all times during your stay at the hospital.
  • Can I take a day off during my observership and/or change my observership?  No, time off and changes are not permitted.  All assignments are final.