The AIRP 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.
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 available in neuroradiology (including CT and MRI) and in musculoskeletal imaging.