AIRP Visiting Observer Training Program

Program Description

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 ACR 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

ACADEMIC YEAR 2021 - 2022   ACADEMIC YEAR  2022 - 2023       
July 26  - August 20, 2021   (Virtual)   July 25  - August 19, 2022    (Virtual)
September 13 - October 8, 2021   (Virtual)
  September 12 - October 7, 2022  (In-Person)
October 18 - November 12, 2021   (Virtual)
  October 17 - November 11, 2022    (Virtual)
February 7 - March 4, 2022   (Virtual)
  February 6 - March 3, 2023    (Virtual)
March 14 - April 8, 2022  (Virtual)
  March 13 - April 7, 2023   (In-Person)


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:  

  • 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 by the appropriate section chief, physician in chief, and director of AIRP for approval.

The cost of the AIRP Observership is $4,000 USD. This fee covers:

This fee is due no later than 90 days prior to the start of the Observership.

Eligibility Requirements

International candidates will submit all required documents and application to

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 

A application review may take 4–5 weeks once all required documents are received. Once your application is complete, your application will go to 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. AIRP does not give work or student visas.

Contact Information

For more information for international applicants, please contact