Observership Program

Boston Children's Hospital is committed to providing high-quality continuing education to pediatric specialists throughout the world. As a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, we have more than 1,000 physicians and researchers who are at the forefront of understanding and treating pediatric diseases and disorders. The goal of the Observership Program is to facilitate knowledge transfer from BCH experts to advanced pediatric health care providers based in other countries through an informal, immersive shadowing program. Observers are given access to, the latest information, protocols, and best practices, as well as effective strategies to implement change when they return to their home institutions.

The Observer Experience

  • Participants observe clinical activities and procedures, attend rounds, lectures, seminars, and other interdisciplinary conferences at the hospital.
  • Participants also receive an introduction to some of the hospital’s most innovative programs, including OPENPediatrics and the Simulator Program.

Available Programs

Observerships are offered in a number of subspecialties including but not limited to: Allergy and Immunology, Cardiology, Critical Care Medicine, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, General Surgery, Genetics and Genomics, Neurology, Newborn Medicine, Ophthalmology, Otolaryngology, Pathology, Plastic Surgery, Psychiatry, Pulmonary and Respiratory Diseases, Radiology, and Urology. Observerships are also offered in the Simulator Program, the Nutrition Center, and Dentistry. Please note observerships are not offered in general pediatrics.

Application Process

To apply, please visit our web portal and complete the application form. Please note, observerships are generally limited to 4-weeks. We recommend applying at least six months prior to the intended start date. Due to the individual department and division criteria, processing times vary. The review process generally takes around 6-weeks.

Participant Profile

Participants of the Observership Program are generally:

  • Practicing clinician with a specific pediatric subspecialty background or interest.
  • Current trainees (i.e. residents or fellows) with a demonstrated interest in a specific pediatric subspecialty.

If you have any questions, please contact the Observership Program office at:

For guidelines regarding observerships please view our Expectations for Observers.


Medical Students

Observerships at Boston Children’s Hospital are generally not intended for medical students. Medical students are encouraged to apply to the HMS Clerkship Exchange Program. For questions, please email: