Clinical Observership


International students and physicians seeking to observe critical care delivery at the University of Pittsburgh may apply for our Clinical Observership program. During the Clinical Observership participants will have the opportunity to interact with clinical teams at the point care, observing all aspects of critical care delivery in one of our state-of-the-art ICUs. 

Observerships range in duration from two weeks to two months, during which participants will have the opportunity to observe patient care related to cardiothoracic diseases, trauma, transplantation, surgical critical care, or neurological critical care as well as general care of patients with sepsis, acute respiratory failure, and other forms of critical illness.  A wide range of experiences are offered, enabling observers to customize their experience to match their individual goals and objectives, however, this is a non-credit experience. 

Only applicants in training (i.e. residents, fellows and medical students) or those currently practicing critical care medicine may apply for the observership. Observers must be sponsored by their home institution, and are responsible for all financial obligations and travel visas.

Do NOT apply for the Clinical Observership if you do not meet the above Eligibility Criteria.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and must be submitted at least six months prior to the proposed start date. Applicants must provide:

  • A sponsorship letter on institutional letterhead from their immediate supervisor, typed in English, dated and signed. The letter should include the applicant’s qualifications and the dates of the proposed observership
  • An updated curriculum vitae, including training details, contact information, date of birth, nationality, citizenship, and visa status, as well as name, title, mailing address and e-mail address of two professional references

Completed applications should be emailed to the CCM_Observership [at] (Office of Education). Qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview via Skype.

After Acceptance

Accepted applicants must be vetted by the UPMC Graduate Medical Education office prior to final approval. Applicants will be required to sign UPMC confidentiality and HIPAA agreements, undergo relevant background checks, and provide proof of health insurance, vaccination, and TB status.

Participants in the clinical observership program are not allowed to directly participate in clinical care, physically contact patients, perform procedures, write orders, or access the UPMC electronic health record.

For inquiries about the Clinical Observership program, please email the CCM_Observership [at] (Office of Education).