International Observership Program

International Observership Program

The International Observership Program is open and accepting applications. Onsite visits are limited to 30 days and start dates are every other Monday. Please contact an MSK physician directly to arrange a visit and instructions on how to apply.

Our International Observership Program gives doctors and scientists sponsored by a Memorial Sloan Kettering 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. The number of applicants accepted will be limited, and visits are for a maximum of 1 month.


To be accepted to the program, applicants will only be allowed to stay 30 days.

To be accepted into the program, applicants 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.
  • Provide proof of a World Health Organization (WHO)-approved vaccination is required.
  • Be currently employed outside of the United States and be able to submit a letter from current employer.
  • This program does not constitute medical training or award academic credit.

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

How to Apply

To apply for an Observership, you must:

  • Contact an MSK faculty member to discuss having them sponsor your visit.
  • Discuss and select dates with the faculty member (1 day to 1 month).
  • The applicant must independently identify and obtain agreement from an MSK physician who will sponsor the visit. The International Observer Program does not match individuals with a sponsor.

If the faculty member agrees to sponsor your visit:

  • They will begin the process by submitting the request to the International Center.
  • You will then receive an email with a link to complete the online application.
  • You will be asked to upload a copy of your CV, passport, and proof of vaccination with a WHO-approved vaccine.

The approval process typically takes 4 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 every request.