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Global Clinical Observer Program

This exciting program is offered to international graduates whose ultimate goal is to apply for residency in the United States.

Program Overview

Our Global Clinical Observer Program aims to bridge the gap between excellence in academics and pre-residency clinical experience at a top U.S. hospital. Exclusively designed and open only to international medical graduates, highly qualified participants visit Cleveland Clinic for a four-week shadowing experience. Participants spend one week with specialists in each of the following internal medicine specialties:

  • Clinical Cardiology 
  • Gastroenterology 
  • Endocrinology
  • Pulmonary Medicine 

A total of 12 candidates are accepted every year.

Who is Eligible?

Foreign Medical Graduates who have applied or intend to apply for residency or fellowship in the United States and are ECFMG-certified. 

ECFMG certification is a requirement, and candidates must be able to submit proof certification as part of their application material.  Candidates who are in process of completing USMLE steps, are encouraged to apply once they are ECFMG-certified.

Fees and Tuition

The tuition for the program is $1,000.

A $200 non-refundable processing fee, which will be applied toward the tuition, will be charged for all applications. Upon acceptance to the program, the non-refundable tuition balance of $800 will be due to hold your place.
How to Apply

1. Refer to the schedule below and select an application period most appropriate for you.

2. Create an account

3. Complete the application form and submit all required documents before the close date of the period you are applying to. 

4. Pay the fee.

Application Periods 2016 Online Application Open Date Online Application Close Date Expected notification of final decision
Period 1: January to June 2017 May 31, 2016 October 21, 2016 November 4, 2016
Period 2: July to December 2017 October 28, 2016 April 7, 2017 April 21, 2017


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