International Observership Program

International Observership Program

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 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 form the 26 ’classes’ below
Class Start Date  
1 January 4
2   18
3 February 1
4   15
5   29
6 March 14
7   28
8 April 11
9   25
10 May 9
11   31
12 June 13
13   27
14 July 11
15   25
16 August 8
17   22
18 September 6
19   19
20 October 3
21   17
22   31
23 November 14
24   28
25 December 12
26   27

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

How to Apply

To be accepted for an observership, you must:

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.

The application requires a short statement explaining why you would like to participate in the program, a copy of your CV, and a letter of reference from your current employer.

The approval process typically takes three to 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.