Clinical Observerships

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The Clinical Observership Program is now open only to international visiting physicians actively engaged in clinical practice. The Observership Program for international medical graduates has been terminated by the Office of International Affairs.

Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM) offers the opportunity to observe clinical patient care at our affiliated and training hospitals for visiting physicians already actively engaged in clinical practice. International visiting physicians may be interested in learning about a procedure or a technique with a specific physician or department.

The clinical observerships provide a valuable chance to learn how patient care is delivered in the United States, how our medical teams and departments interact, and what are the latest techniques being practiced in your prospective or existing medical specialty.

The duration of each hospital rotation in the clinical observership program is up to four weeks. You can apply for either one or two consecutive rotations in your desired specialty. Payment of the observership fee may come from a TUSM-affiliated international sponsor or the individual. In either case, acceptance into the program is contingent on advance payment of the full fee.

International visiting physicians will work under the supervision of the hospital’s specialty program director and residents/physicians in that service. In neither case will you be involved in direct patient care.

International visiting physician required qualifications:

Practicing physicians from abroad must meet the following requirements.

  • Must have completed undergraduate and postgraduate medical training (a graduation certificate is required).
  • Must currently be actively engaged in the practice of medicine (a copy of the license to practice and proof of good standing in current position are required).

How to get started:

Thank you for your interest in the Observership Program at Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM). There are tuition costs associated with observership positions. If you do not have a current relationship with a Tufts-affiliated sponsor (such as government-sponsored program), then the tuition for observerships is $7,500 per month. You either need to pay for yourself or have someone or an organization cover the tuition.

To apply, please send your CV, transcripts, letter of recommendation and personal statement (emphasizing your area of interest) in a single PDF file to

If you have any questions, please send an e-mail to Thank you again for your interest in furthering your medical education at Tufts University School of Medicine.

Please note:

Since demand for Clinical Observership positions exceeds the rotations available, we will do our utmost to accommodate your choice of program, hospital or supervising physician, but cannot guarantee availability or an exact match.

In addition, you should understand that TUSM does not provide housing as part of the observership program. Participants are responsible for finding and paying for their own housing. It is suggested that you begin your housing search well in advance of your rotation. We offer some suggestions and other online resources on the Finding a Place to Live page of this web site.