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Education and Training

Observership Program

The Observership Program at Boston Children’s Hospital provides knowledge of best practices to improve pediatric care worldwide and promote a collaborate environment for exchange of ideas. Observerships are informal learning experiences and do not constitute formal training or patient contact. Observerships are offered to healthcare providers across a number of departments and can range from 1 week to 12 weeks, although most programs limit the duration to 4 weeks.

As part of the curriculum, visitors will:

  • observe clinical activities and procedures (without direct patient contact)
  • participate in conferences
  • attend daily rounds, lectures, and seminars
  • partake in a series of networking opportunities and career development events
Available programs Eligibility Application requirements

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After applying:

  • Your application will be reviewed by both the International Health Education program and your desired clinical department.
  • A Boston Children's representative will reach out to you once the review of your application has been completed. This generally takes four to six weeks.

If your observership is approved:

  • You will receive a letter of acceptance with instructions on onboarding requirements.
  • You will need to obtain a visa (B1/B2 or ESTA). BCH does not sponsor visas.
  • You will be responsible for your travel and housing arrangements.

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The week prior to your start date, you will receive instructions via email on obtaining your Boston Children's ID badge and where to report to on your first day. You will not be able to obtain your ID prior to your start date. You will receive more details on your schedule on your first day.

After the program, observers will receive a certificate of participation and will be eligible to join the alumni network.

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Questions? Contact the Observership Office at Observership.Program@childrens.harvard.edu.

2019 Adrian Cheng New World Observers Scholarship Program – China

Through the generous support of the New World Group Charity Foundation, ten clinicians from China will be selected to receive a scholarship to spend up to 12 weeks in the Observership program at Boston Children's. Candidates for the program must demonstrate:

  • A strong commitment to the improvement of pediatric healthcare in China
  • A strong interest in learning best practices in pediatric medicine and healthcare leadership
  • A vision for how they will bring the knowledge gained at Boston Children's back to China

The Scholarship Program is supported by Mr Adrian Cheng, Executive Vice-chairman and General Manager of New World Development Company Limited (nwd.com.hk). In 2017, ten aspiring clinicians from Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou were awarded scholarships to hone their clinical knowledge. They have completed the Program successfully and transferred skills acquired at BCH to their workplace, and thus impacting pediatric healthcare in China.

Proficiency in English language is required. For additional information regarding eligibility requirements for the scholarship please email our office at Observership.Program@childrens.harvard.edu. Please apply through the application portal.

Customized seminars, courses, and visiting lecturers for international audiences

Our customized education programs are tailored to meet the specific needs of organizations and can include a broad selection of clinical and managerial topics. The curriculum may include knowledge of best practices in clinical, research, education, and management. Programs are available in pediatric leadership development as well as hospital management and operations. All programs include interactive lectures and group sessions, tours of our facilities, panel discussions, and more. To request a customized program, please email the Program Manager of International Health Education at Cynthia.Garibaldi@childrens.harvard.edu.


Open enrollment courses and conferences

2019 Precision Medicine Summit (September 9-13, 2019)

The Precision Medicine Summit is a five-day intensive program that covers a wide range of topics in genetics and genomics including clinical evaluation, diagnosis, and state-of-the- art management and counseling practices as well as translational research. The curriculum is targeted at physicians and directors from pediatric hospitals as well as geneticists and genetic counselors interested in advancing their knowledge further. The program aims to engage healthcare leaders in the rapidly growing field of genetics by sharing strategies for success across practices. Visit the Summit Page for full details. Learn more.

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Care in Pediatrics Conference of the Americas (May 2020 – Lima, Peru)

Boston Children’s Hospital will be partnering with Exemedis for the 3rd Annual Conference of the Americas, which will take place in Peru. The conference will include updates on the latest advancements in pediatrics for inpatient and outpatient areas including state of the art guidelines and Boston Children’s best practices. Our senior faculty will exchange knowledge with physicians from across Latin America through a series of interactive lectures, workshops, case reviews, and other sessions. Visit the Conference Website for complete details. Learn more.


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Boston Children’s Hospital is dedicated to making the referral process as easy and seamless as possible. Our physicians see over 2,000 international patients from approximately 160 countries each year. We have the processes and staff in place to support international physicians and families as they seek care with us.

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OPEN Pediatrics

OPENPediatrics is a web-based digital learning platform designed by experienced doctors at Boston Children’s Hospital for physicians and nurses who care for critically ill children in healthcare settings of all kinds around the world. The platform offers virtual training, tools for sharing knowledge and communicating with other health professionals, and a library of resources including videos, lectures, device simulators, and protocols. As of 2018, OPENPediatrics has been accessed in every country and territory around the globe.

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Simulator Program (SIMPeds)

For 15 years, the Simulation Program at Boston Children's Hospital has honed the concept of scenario-based simulation training in medicine. Through a recently launched initiative called SIM Network, the program is now taking the lessons it’s learned on the road, developing and offering more than 50 courses at nine community hospitals across eastern Massachusetts. The overarching goal of the Simulation Program (also called SIMPeds) is to provide medical teams—physicians, nurses, technicians, pharmacists, etc.—the opportunity to practice and improve their skills in an environment that allows people to learn without risking patient harm.

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