Visiting Scholar Program

Scholar Program for Exchange Visitors in Cardiovascular Medicine 

The goal of this program is to provide opportunities for foreign medical graduates to observe clinical cardiovascular care of patients, gain a basic overview of the American Medical System, and conduct research and develop skills in biomedical research. The duration of these experiences will be determined by the activity involved, but will typically last from 1 up to 12 months.

Programs:

Short-term (1 month) B1/B2 Observation Visitor Program: Observation/Shadowing: visitors will participate as an observer with faculty mentors and other physicians in inpatient and outpatient settings. Grand Rounds and Lectures: Each visitor will attend weekly cardiovascular medicine grand rounds and Internal Medicine grand rounds (not offered in summer months). The visitor can also attend and participate in daily clinical and research conferences / lectures and quality improvement reviews. For more information see:   B1/B2 Visitor Program

Certificate (3 - 6 month) J1 Program : The short term program is designed for foreign medical graduates who seek general exposure to the American Medical System and biomedical research. The exchange visitor will participate in a research project typically for three to up to six months. As well, the exchange visitor will observe clinical care, typically for threee to up to six months. The experience should serve to initiate professional contacts for future support in international medicine. At the end of the program, the exchange visitor will be familiar with the latest technology in cardiovascular disease medicine, evidence-based medicine in practice, first-hand knowledge of the American healthcare system and medical higher education, advanced biomedical/health research in cardiovascular disease, and the latest technology . The schedule will be tailored to the applicants overall goals. Observation/Shadowing: Exchange visitors will participate as an observer with faculty mentors and other physicians in inpatient and outpatient settings. Mentorship in a Research Project: Each exchange visitor will participate in an ongoing biomedical research project with oversight by a faculty mentor. Grand Rounds and Lectures: Each exchange visitor will attend weekly cardiovascular medicine grand rounds and Internal Medicine grand rounds (not offered in summer months). The exchange visitor can also attend and participate in daily clinical and research conferences / lectures and quality improvement reviews

Upon successful completion of the program, the exchange visitor will receive (1) Certificate of completion and (2) Letters of recommendation from faculty when appropriate. For more information see:  J-1 Short Term Program

Gill Scholar (12 month) Program: The 12 month program is designed for foreign medical graduates who intend on applying to residency training programs in the United States. In addition to exposing the exchange visitor to the American Medical System, the exchange visitor will participate in research activities, seminars and workshops. The clinical observation experience will be tailored to the individual applicant’s overall goals and may include exposure to the cardiovascular intensive care, the telemetry and/or observation unit, ambulatory cardiology, cardiac rehabilitation, cardiovascular imaging (echocardiograms, cardiac CT/MRI), catheterization laboratory and  CT operating room. The exchange visitor will conduct a mentored research project that may lead to publication(s), abstracts, and the potential for conference presentation. By the end of the program, it is anticipated that the exchange visitor will have developed a longstanding relationship with a medical faculty member(s) who will serve as a mentor to provide guidance on the process for applying to accredited US residency training programs and career development. Exchange visitors will have the opportunity to develop the following skills to help them compete for a United States residency position: critical thinking and analytical skills necessary for clinical medical care/services; a foundation for putting evidence-based medicine into practice; first-hand knowledge of the American healthcare system and medical higher education; biomedical/health research experience with the latest advancements in the cardiovascular field; critical thinking and analytical skills necessary for biomedical research; and a foundation for putting evidence-based medicine into practice and research.  

Upon successful completion of the program, the exchange visitor will receive (1) Certificate of completion and (2) Letters of recommendation from faculty . For more information: 12 Month Program

 Program Fees:

  •  Application & processing fee: $400.00, which includes the following:
    • Drug testing & Background Check – This is required by the hospital 
    • Laboratory Jacket – Policy A01-090 states – “observers are not permitted to wear scrubs or lab coats unless required in the observation area.”
    • Photo ID Badge
    • Additional fees for consular visa processing may apply
  •  Program Fee: $1,000.00 per month to be paid in full on acceptance into The Gill Heart Program

 Application process:

Email the following required documents (in a single PDF) to Therese Stearns at tmstea2@uky.edu

Use the program name (Short Term, Certificate, or 12-month Program) to which you are applying as the heading in the subject of the email.

Applications cannot be processed until all required documents are submitted:

  • A photo
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Medical school transcripts
  • Letter of recommendation
  • A one-page objective statement (12-point font Times New Roman, no more than one page) detailing the applicant’s goals and objectives of the Research Scholar Program
  • A financial guarantee or a sponsorship letter from a sponsoring institution that complies with the dates and duration of the program.

****All applicants should download and complete a Certification for Clinical Observer to become an exchange visitor program participant

Please also read the following

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR CLINICAL OBSERVERSHIP/RESEARCH LAB COMPONENT

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR B1/B2 VISITOR

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR J1 VISA

 

 

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