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International Observership Program

Children's Hospital Los Angeles is committed to providing high-quality, advanced pediatric education opportunities to physicians, nurses and allied health professionals throughout the world. As one of the nation’s premier pediatric academic medical centers and a teaching hospital of the Keck School of Medicine of USC, we have more than 1,200 clinicians who are at the forefront of leading-edge care and innovative research.

The objective of the International Observership Program is to facilitate the transfer of knowledge from CHLA experts to health care providers from other countries through an informal, immersive shadowing experience. Observers will gain a better understanding of CHLA’s culture, including our approach to multidisciplinary collaboration in both clinical and non-clinical settings, as well as learn best practices. We also encourage participants to attend Grand Rounds, Journal Club and other select seminars and teaching conferences offered at CHLA to further round out their experience. Through the observership, our hope is to inspire new ideas that participants can implement when they return to their home institutions.

Who is Eligible?

The International Observership Program is open to:

  • Fully trained international physicians and specialists currently practicing abroad
  • International residents and fellows currently enrolled in a residency/fellowship program at a foreign institution and who are expected to graduate from that same institution
  • Applicant needs to be working or training in an international institution 

Types of Observers

  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Allied health professionals

We also offer International Short Courses if you are interested in starting an education course between CHLA and your institution please email us at internationalobservership@chla.usc.edu.


  • Adolescent Medicine
  • Allergy Immunology
  • Dentistry
  • Dermatology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology
  • General Pediatric (Only 2 week observership)
  • Hematology/Oncology and Blood & Marrow Transplantation
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Medical Genetics
  • Neonatology
  • Neurology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Pathology
  • Pediatric Surgery
  • Plastic & Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Radiology
  • Rheumatology
  • Sport Medicine

If you do not see your specialty please email us at internationalobservership@chla.usc.edu.

Duration and Fees

The observership typically lasts one month.

There is a non-refundable $250 processing fee. A tuition fee may also apply.

How to Apply

  1. Please select the one specialty that most reflects your area of interest. Observership applications are presented to one specialty only.
  2. Refer to the schedule outlined below and select an application period most appropriate for you.
  3. Complete the application form and submit all required documents to Araceli Jimenez via email at internationalobservership@chla.usc.edu before the close date of the period you are applying to.
  4. Please pay the fee (Fee due if accepted)

Application Periods

Observership DatesOpenClosed
July, August, & September 2023January 3, 2023February 28, 2023
October, November, & December 2023April 3, 2023May 31, 2023
January, February, & March 2024July 1, 2023August 31, 2023
April, May, & June 2024October 3, 2023November 30, 2023
July, August, & September 2024January 3, 2024February 28, 2024
October, November, & December 2024April 3, 2024May 31, 2024

Application Packet

All required documents must be submitted in English and in PDF, DOC, or DOCX format.

  • Application form: Complete attached application
  • CV: Copy of current CV
  • Passport: Color copy of passport
  • National ID: Color copy of country’s national ID (equivalent to USA’s social security number)
  • 2 letters of recommendation from your current institution
  • Personal statement: one page addressing your interest in this program and your qualifications

Once we have received all your required documents an English Proficiency interview will be scheduled.

If accepted as an observer, please note that you will need to complete and provide additional documents/forms.

Please reference the required immunizations

Note: Federal regulations prohibit observers from having any direct patient contact, patient care responsibilities, or involvement in any form of volunteer research. Observers are not eligible to have a CHLA email address and cannot have access to our electronic medical record system. All healthcare professionals participating in the CHLA International Observership Program are required to comply within the limitations of applicable laws and regulations, and CHLA policy.