International Observership Program

Due to the ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the Bobst International Center is currently not acccepting any applications to our international observer program. We hope to open the application process sometime Spring, 2022. Keep checking back for updates. Thank you for you understanding.

Our International Observership Program gives doctors and scientists sponsored by an MSK faculty member the opportunity to interact with our experts and participate in clinical and educational activities, including various conferences, medical grand rounds, and seminars.

The sponsor is a physician or scientist who has agreed to serve as host and mentor during the observership period. Observerships are usually for one month and may not last longer than 2 months.


To be accepted to the program, applicants will only be allowed to stay 30 days and also must:

  • have completed their training and be a practicing physician, PhD, or DDS with a hospital affiliation 
  • possess strong English-language skills and be responsible for obtaining their own visa and living accommodations.
  • choose an official start date below. Start dates are Mondays unless otherwise noted.

If you are a medical student, you may be interested in our medical elective program for visiting US and international medical students.

Year Start Date
2022 TBD

How to Apply

To be accepted for an observership, you must:

Request Sponsorship

Contact a Memorial Sloan Kettering faculty member to request an invitation to apply for an observership.

Provide the potential host/sponsor with the following information:

  • your name
  • contact information (email address and phone number)
  • title/position
  • current employer or affiliated academic institution, along with proof of employment
  • preferred dates of visit

If the individual you have contacted agrees to sponsor your visit, he or she will arrange for you to receive access to the online application.

Online Application Form

Your sponsor will begin the process and you will receive an email with how to complete the online application. You will need to upload a copy of your CV, passport and proof of vaccination with a WHO approved vaccine.

The approval process typically takes four weeks. Accepted applicants will receive an email confirming their acceptance to the observership program. Due to the high volume of requests, we are not able to accommodate everyone.

If approved, you will need to submit a negative PCR test 3 days before coming onsite to MSK.