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International Observerships

Observerships for International Physicians, Nurses, and Administrators

Clinical and administrative observership opportunities are offered to fully trained international healthcare providers with multiple years of experience actively practicing or working in the health field that reside OUTSIDE the United States. Physicians, administrators, and nurses that are not employed at a Johns Hopkins institution may be selected to observe clinical activities and/or other activities as applicable for educational purposes within Johns Hopkins Medicine.

As the name implies, an observership is an informal observational experience and does not constitute training. Approved observers may not participate in direct or indirect patient care or management. Additionally, a limited number of such informal educational opportunities are available in clinical departments. Observers do not receive any form of certification from Johns Hopkins for the time of their appointment.

What Are Observership Requirements?

  • Experience requirement- This program is offered to fully trained international healthcare providers with several years of experience actively practicing or working in the health field.
  • Timeframe- The dates are to be agreed upon with the specific Johns Hopkins department and experts with the observer to determine a one (1) to two (2) week period timeframe.  One week is defined as five (5) work days, Monday-Friday. The maximum length of an observership is 2 weeks.
  • Fees and Costs- The approximate cost for an observership is based on the Johns Hopkins International (JHI) standard rates and policies. More detailed payment information will be provided at a later step in the application process.
  • Accommodations- Any travel related expenses, including airfare, hotel accommodation, meals, and transportation will be at your own expense.
  • Mandatory Language Requirement- All observers must be proficient in English.
  • Mandatory Health Insurance Requirement- International observers are required to have adequate health insurance coverage for the duration of their stay in the U.S. 
  • Mandatory Immunization Requirement- The observer shall be responsible for obtaining required immunizations or tests at his/her own expense before arrival in the U.S. Official documentation will need to be submitted to JHI prior to arrival.

Please note that JHI cannot guarantee that the submission of an application will result in acceptance and specific requirements vary by department. Due to the high volume of applicants, the application review may take up to six (6) weeks.

To apply for the JHI Observership Program, please fill out this request form and a member of our team will contact you directly.  Note that this form is not secure or encrypted.

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