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International Visitors and Observers

Due to the evolving nature of COVID19 and the resulting effect on our Medical Center, KUMC is deferring any observer or research learner opportunities until January 2021. We will update the website when these opportunities are open again. You may also email kconnelly@kumc.edu for individual questions about the resumption of these programs.

International Visitors

The International Visitor Program is overseen by the Office of International Programs (OIP). Individuals participating in this program through the Office of International Programs are non-U.S. citizens or non-U.S. permanent residents. Visitors can be defined as visiting fellows, residents, physicians, scientists, or healthcare administrative staff.

International visitors are limited to a 5-day visit. During this time, international visitors will conduct meetings, give lectures, and/or participate in lectures at KUMC facilities and departments. International visitors are not permitted to engage in any patient care.

International Observers 

The International Observership Program is overseen by the Office of International Programs (OIP).  Individuals participating in this program through the Office of International Programs are non-U.S. citizens or non-U.S. permanent residents. Observers can be defined as visiting residents, physicians, or medical school graduates. Observerships are limited opportunities that require a strong endorsement from the sponsoring department and should be reserved for individuals coming from international institutions who have a formal agreement with KUMC or individuals who have established relationships with KUMC.

International observerships are limited to a 6-month visit.  During this time, international observers will strictly observe patient treatment or clinical work while accompanied at all times by sponsoring supervisor or designated attending physician.  International observers are not permitted to engage in any patient care or be left alone with patients.  

The observership application process begins with the department submitting a Department Request Form to the Office of International Programs.  Upon completion of this request form, the Office of International Programs will send the observer applicant an application packet which must be submitted prior to starting the program along with a $250/week administrative fee and a $250/week department fee. Both fees are the responsibility of the observer.

Policy updated on September 1, 2015.

We are currently only able to process observership requests from Departments or Faculty hosts. Once you have a confirmed host, the host needs to contact OIP directly.

Last modified: Apr 15, 2020
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