AIRP Visiting Observer Training Program
The Visiting Observer Training Program allows international medical graduates to update and enhance their knowledge in a medical specialty while learning about the U.S. medical education and health care delivery system.
Observerships are conducted at the American Institute for Radiologic Pathology (AIRP), various hospitals and related clinics. These facilities are located in Washington, DC, area. Accepted observers spend three months on rotation. Four weeks of the rotation will be spent in lectures at the AIRP radiologic-pathology correlation course under the direction of a faculty mentor in the designated body section.
Four-Week Correlation Course Options
|February 12 - March 9||February 11 - March 8||February 10 - March 6|
|March 19 - April 13||March 18 - April 12||March 16 - April 10|
|July 30 - August 24||July 29 - August 23||July 27 - August 21|
|September 10 - October 5||September 9 - October 4||September 14 - October 9|
|October 15 - November 9||October 14 - November 8||October 19 - November 13|
After completing the four-week correlation course, applicants are embedded in an academic patient care team made up of faculty, residents and medical students, giving observers a close-up view of patient care and the medical education process. With their team, applicants study radiologic images and procedures and participate in radiologic conferences.
Applicants may participate in all daily activities of a U.S. medical team with the exception of patient contact. Due to U.S. medical licensing laws, observers are not permitted any direct physical contact and may not perform patient services. By participating in all other daily activities, AIRP observers can acquire an array of new experiences, including seeing the latest advances in medical technology and radiologic interpretation.
Observerships in the following areas are available:
- Abdominal imaging
- Breast imaging
- Cardiothoracic/cardiovascular imaging
- Neuroradiology (including CT and MRI)
- Musculoskeletal imaging
For more information, please complete the application form below including exact dates of when you would be interested in observing and all required documents. Your application will be reviewed and routed by Cure Health Care Systems and then routed to the appropriate section chief, physician in chief, and director of AIRP for approval.
The cost of the AIRP observership is $16,000 USD. This fee covers:
- Mentoring and training at the AIRP on RadPath offices
- The cost of the four-week RadPath correlation course
- Access to the AIRP case archive
- Use of office space and computer
This fee is due no later than 90 days prior to the start of the observership.
International candidates will submit all required documents and application to:
North American candidates should submit their application to AIRPSupport@acr.org.
The AIRP will review and make a final decision on approval of the candidate.
AIRP will begin to process your application once the following materials are received:
- A statement outlining the area of interest and goals of observership
- Choice of time span requested (1 or 2 months, or other by special arrangement), as exception
- Curriculum vitae
- Copy of medical degree
- Medical school transcript*
- Copies of USMLE scores (optional)
- Two letters of recommendations
- Proof of health insurance while in the U.S.
- Negative PPD test or chest X-ray within 12 months of planned observership
AVOTP application review may take 4–5 weeks once all required documents are received. Once your application is complete, AVOTP will verify the accuracy of your materials, compare your original documents to the self-reported information on your application, and release your application to Cure Health Care Systems and the appropriate AIRP section chief. Additional materials may be required. Failure to submit all required materials requested may jeopardize your eligibility for consideration.
Proficiency in English is imperative to receive full benefits of the program. A Skype interview may be required by the section’s chief.
In addition, each applicant is responsible for obtaining a visa. Review AIRP instructions on obtaining visas.