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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 2018 Online application open date Online application close date Expected notification of final decision
Period 1: January to June 2018 June 1, 2017 Oct. 31, 2017 Nov. 17, 2017
Period 2: August to November 2018 Nov. 1, 2017 April 30, 2018 May 18, 2018
  • Each applicant is responsible for ensuring their application is complete.
  • The Review Committee will not consider any additional changes once an application has been submitted for review.
  • Applicants are responsible for ensuring that all information and supporting documents provided are authentic and accurate.
  • We reserve the right to request additional information or verification of information and documents submitted. If an applicant is unable to do so, we reserve the right to withdraw consideration of the application.
  • Applicants assume all costs associated with authenticating, retrieving and submitting documents and material in support of their application and fulfillment of observership.
  • Due to the large volume of applications we receive, we are unable to provide feedback to candidates who are not accepted into the program.


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