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International Trainee Observership Program

This international trainee observer program provides 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. 

Disclaimer:  Being accepted for an observership rotation with our institution does not constitute or imply endorsement by our residency or fellowship programs and their participating faculty.  Application approval and participation in the rotation does not guarantee an invitation to interview for a residency or fellowship position.  In addition, availability for the preferred subspecialties 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. Please refer to the schedule below and select an application period most appropriate for you.
  2. Choose up to three rotations in the application you wish to be considered as spaces are limited.
  3. Complete the application form and submit all required documents before the close date of the period you are applying.
  4. Rotations are one month in duration and you may submit only one application during a 12-month period.

2014 - 2015 Academic Calendar Year Has Closed

*Application period and available dates for Sessions1, 2 and 3 have expired

Rotation Dates
Online application open date
Online application close date
Expected Notification
of Final Decision
Session 1:
September, October, November 2014
March 1, 2014
April 19, 2014
May 30, 2014
Session 2:
January, February, March 2015
July 1, 2014
August 15, 2014
September 30, 2014
Session 3:
April, May, June 2015
October 1, 2014
November 13, 2014
December 18, 2014

Medical Students

If you are a medical student from outside of the United States and you are looking for credit towards graduation, please visit our Sub-internships and Electives webpage by clicking on the link below.

Link to website for students:  Pediatric Sub-internship & Electives

Application Process

Before you complete the online application form, please gather all the required documents listed below and submit them with the application before the close date of the period for which you are applying.

To be Submitted with Application:

  • Copy of your medical school diploma
  • If you have a medical license, a copy
  • If you have taken the USMLE Step 1 or Step 2, a copy of your transcript
  • A Dean’s letter indicating your class ranking and whether or not you were an honor student
  • Copy of your medical school transcripts
  • If you are certified by the ECFMG, a copy of your certificate
  • Copy of your CV
  • Recent photograph of you in an electronic format (jpeg, gif or png)
  • Copy of your resident card, passport and visa

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Step 2:


  • 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.
  • Where should I send my additional and supplemental application paperwork? Your additional and supplemental paperwork may be scanned and sent via email to:
  • 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
  • How long until I receive information regarding whether or not my application was approved? Four to eight weeks.


  • Where can I find more information on housing during my rotation? Contact 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.


  • 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.