Learning Objectives

The observers would be able to learn through one or more of the following ways:

  • Attending hospital rounds with the preceptor
  • Attending office/outpatient clinic
  • Attending patient care conferences
  • Participating in educational lectures
  • Observing procedures
  • Reviewing literature and performing literature search

Learning Objectives of the Observership Program:

  • To introduce medical students to the style of practice of American Medicine
  • Observation of the delivery of health care in a private practice, hospital or a clinic setting
  • Observation of physician interactions with patients (history, examination, diagnosis, treatment, coding, writing prescriptions, and entering information on the patient’s written or electronic chart, etc.)
  • Observation of professional communication and interaction between the physician and all members of the health care delivery team and hospital administration
  • Exposure to American colloquialisms (slang, euphemisms, etc.)

Students must adhere to the following guidelines without any exception:

  1. Must be genuinely interested in the program and show professionalism in their conduct and assigned tasks
  2. Will not conduct physical examinations, treatments, or diagnoses of any patient
  3. Accept no compensation
  4. Follow the rules and regulations of the hospital, clinic or private practice at all time
  5. Adhere to HIPAA (health insurance portability and accountability act) regulations
  6. Participate in any prerequisite training (i.e. HIPAA) at the hospital, clinic or private practice
  7. Participate in activities only under the supervision of the preceptor (clinical tutorials, ward rounds, clinics visits, procedures, operations, etc.) and participate in a research project or independent study
  8. Only observe the use of electronic health records, if available, and be familiar with patient data entry and access
  9. Only observe the general structure and organization of U.S. healthcare system as well as private sector and government payers
  10. 10. May review clinical articles, posters, and publications as per the discretion of your preceptor

Student requirements:

  1. 3rd & 4th year students and graduates
  2. Submit School transcripts
  3. Students who passed USMLE step 1 will be given priority but not a requirement
  4. Provide your own transportation, meals and lodging
  5. Keep track of your observership hours and confirm
  6. Check your schedule and responsibilities with your physician preceptor regularly
  7. Two recommendation letters from your professors from the school that the applicant is attending or graduated from
  8. Obtain a US visa valid until the end of your observership stay in USA.
  9. A return Air ticket to your country of origin
  10. Must obtain visitors health insurance
  11. Make your boarding and lodging arrangements
  12. Arrange your transportation to the place of observership
  13. Submit two passport size photos
  14. Successful completion of TOEFL
  15. Successful completion of HIPAA training and examination
  16. Successful completion of infection control training and examination
  17. Students will need to sign a liability waiver form to indemnify IMANA and preceptor physicians of any or all liabilities
  18. 18. To adhere and abide by local laws and regulations

Dress Code:

Students will be required to adhere to the dress code that is acceptable in American hospitals or clinic when at a clinic, physician’s office or a hospital.

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