Laboratory Medicine and Pathology Observerships

The Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology offers qualified US and International physicians the opportunity to observe our physicians, residents and fellows in practice. The goal is to provide insight into day-to-day responsibilities of pathologists practicing in the United States. Observers may also be able to attend didactic conferences. Observerships will not be granted for longer than one month. We are not able to accommodate observers in the months of July, November, or December.

Download Pathology Observership Request Form

  • Pathology Observership Request Form (download above)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal statement of interest detailing career goals, related experience, and research interests
  • Letters of Reference (minimum of 2)
  • Score reports for USMLE or COMLEX exams (step 3 not required; no more than 2 failures).  Note: ECFMG certificates not accepted.
  • Medical School Transcripts (required only for IMGs)

Applicants will be notified of the department’s decision, in writing, within 2 weeks of initial receipt of the complete application. Applications will not be considered to be complete until all of the above materials have been received.  Please note that applications will not be reviewed more than two months prior to the requested observership dates.

Upon acceptance, observers will be required to provide proof of immunization, complete a health screening form, complete HIPAA training, and sign and agree Fairview Health Services contract.

Observers are responsible for all lodging, travel, parking and meal arrangements and costs. There is no stipend associated with an observership. The Department of Laboratory Medicine reserves the right to terminate an observer’s rotation at any time in the event that the observer’s performance jeopardizes a patient’s well-being; performance is unable to achieve the objectives of the educational experience, in the event of a HIPAA violation, or at the discretion of faculty or staff.