Visiting Observer Training Program

The AIRP Visiting Observer Training Program allows non-U.S radiologist or radiologist-in-training applicants to enhance their to enhance their knowledge in musculoskeletal imaging 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 the Washington, DC, area. Accepted observers spend two months on clinical observation. Four weeks of the rotation will be spent in lectures at the AIRP radiologic-pathology correlation course.

After completing the four-week course, applicants are embedded in an academic patient-care team of faculty, residents and medical students, giving observers a close-up view of patient care and the medical education process. Observers study radiologic images and procedures and participate in conferences with their team.

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 are currently available in musculoskeletal imaging only.

How to Apply

AIRP Four-Week Rad-Path Course Dates

The dates listed below are in conjunction with the four-week radiologic-pathologic correlation course.

Academic Year 2023—2024

February 6 – March 3, 2023   Virtual
March 13 – April 7, 2023   In person and live stream
July 24 – August 18, 2023   Virtual
September 11 – October 6, 2023   In person
October 16 – November 10, 2023   Virtual
February 5 – March 1, 2024   Virtual
March 11 – April 5, 2024   In person and live stream
July 29 – August 23, 2024   Virtual
September 9 – October 4, 2024   In person
October 21 – November 15, 2024   Virtual

Eligibility and Application Requirements

Non-U.S. citizens and permanent residents must submit the form above and email all required documents to

We will begin to process your application once the following materials are received:

  • A statement outlining your area of interest and observership goals
  • 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

Once we receive all documents, application review may take 4–5 weeks. Additional materials may be required. Failure to submit all required materials requested may jeopardize your eligibility.

Proficiency in English is imperative to receive full benefits of the program. A virtual interview may be required by the section chief.

In addition, applicants are responsible for obtaining a visa to enter the U.S.


The cost to participate in the AIRP Visiting Observer Program is USD 4,000. This fee covers:

  • Mentoring and training at the AIRP.
  • The cost of the four-week rad-path correlation course.
  • Access to the AIRP case archive.
  • Use of office space and computer.

Payment is due no later than 90 days prior to the start of the observership.