International Education

International Visiting Observers Program

The International Visiting Observers Program offers a four-week observational experience at Texas Children’s Hospital for select healthcare professionals from other countries to obtain the skills, knowledge, and resources needed to become leaders in the development of clinical programs in their home countries and institutions. The ultimate objective is to improve healthcare internationally.

The International Visiting Observers Program aims to accomplish the following:

  • Facilitate and encourage the development of healthcare professionals in other countries
  • Allow cross-cultural exchange between healthcare professionals in the US and physicians in other countries
  • Mentor international healthcare professionals as leaders in healthcare in their home countries
  • Establish strong bilateral institutional and personal relationships for future collaborative work

Key Points Before Deciding To Apply

  • Visiting observers are not permitted to touch or evaluate patients
  • Must be a fully trained physician
  • Must be affiliated with an educational or healthcare institution, intending to return to his/her position abroad
  • Must be fluent in English
  • Must live and work in his/her country
  • There will be no certification or recommendation granted as a visiting observer
  • Must come on a B2 visa
  • Must sign a release of liability and have/purchase adequate international health insurance