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Post-graduate Training Program for International Medical Students

Cleveland Clinic has established a unique tuition-based training program to provide eligible fourth-year medical school students and graduates an opportunity to prepare for further post-graduate medical education in the United States, with combined opportunities for research. The one-year program is coordinated through the Cleveland Clinic Center for Graduate Medical Education, and seeks to attract candidates from outside the U.S.

Program Goals

The goal of the program is to enhance the knowledge and skills of the trainees to improve their chances of success in completing the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 2 CK and/or CS Certification.

Training will also provide insights into the U.S. medical system, which will be helpful to trainees if they hope to subsequently pursue U.S. residency programs (although the program can neither provide nor guarantee residency placement).


Consistent with a focus on clinical and research training, the program curriculum offers:
  1. Observation in actual clinical and research settings
  2. Participation in ongoing clinical conferences such as grand rounds and relevant departmental lectures and teaching series
  3. Coursework on the principles of clinical research
  4. Opportunity to participate and to receive mentorship in a research project
  5. Training opportunities in the Cleveland Clinic’s state-of-the-art Simulation and Advanced Skills Center 
Participants also may select from a number of online and live courses offered by the Cleveland Clinic Education Institute.

Participant Responsibilities

Program participants will serve as observers and can participate in all lectures and teaching forums but, as observers without licensure, will not have direct contact with patients.

Faculty Responsibilities

Cleveland Clinic faculty members will be assigned as mentors and will both supervise trainees during their clinical observation and research, and evaluate trainees.


Upon completion of the program, participants will receive a certificate of participation.

Experience to Date

During the 2013-14 academic year, we hosted several international medical students from India in collaboration with the Dr. Nirmala Swami Charitable Trust.

Answers to FAQs

Please review answers to frequently asked questions here.

Direct any further questions about the program, including application details, to the Center for Graduate Medical Education at Include “International Post-graduate Training Program” in the subject field.

How to Apply

To be considered for the program, please email and attach:
  1. cover letter including your medical specialty interest
  2. current curriculum vitae
  3. medical school transcript 
  4. letter of recommendation from your medical school’s dean