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, but in select departments a longer period is possible with prior approval.


To be accepted to the program, applicants must qualify as one of the following professionals:

  • practicing physician
  • medical school graduate
  • DDS or equivalent
  • PhD or equivalent

Applicants must possess strong English-language skills and be responsible for obtaining their own visa and living accommodations.

If you are a medical student, the Office of Graduate Medical Education coordinates a medical elective program for visiting US and International medical students. See programs for medical students.

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
  • 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.

Complete the Online Application Form

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. Due to the high volume of requests, we are not able to accommodate everyone.