International Physician Observership Program | MedStar Health


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The International Observership Program at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital combines our renowned medical excellence and international influence to help us strengthen global health care by educating future generations of physicians from around the world.

As a world-class academic medical center, through partnership with Georgetown University, MedStar Georgetown is centered on three fundamental elements: excellent clinical care, a strong foundation in education, and leading-edge research.

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital brings together the best minds in medicine, all with varying cultural backgrounds. This strength of diversity, medical excellence, world-class expertise, and unparalleled compassionate care attracts patients as well as physicians from every corner of the globe.

The International Observership Program at MedStar Georgetown organizes educational observerships for physicians who wish to further examine specific areas of clinical interest.

Participants have the opportunity to view surgeries and procedures within assigned hospital departments, including adult and pediatric transplant, cancer, neurosciences, gastroenterology, and orthopaedics. Participants also attend patient rounds and teaching conferences.

Program highlights

  • For physicians and medical students
  • Four-week program duration
  • Managed by MedStar Georgetown International Services in collaboration with assigned hospital departments
  • Participants assigned to a specific department and physician
  • Fee for physicians: $5,000 per four-week program
  • Fee for medical students: $1,500 per four-week program

Working with MedStar Georgetown International Services, observership participants take part in educational experiences that foster knowledge sharing and clinical care expertise. The four-week program is designed for physicians and medical students who have demonstrable and verifiable knowledge of the English language and who adhere to rules for observers at MedStar Georgetown.

Qualified physicians can complete a program application here.

Qualified medical students can complete a program application here.

Contact us

Please contact MedStar Georgetown International Services at 202-444-1588 or