The ITSDP International Observership Program (IOP) allows program participants to observe different components of trauma and emergency systems at VCU Trauma Center, VCU Department of Surgery, Division of Acute Care Surgical Services, Richmond Ambulance Authority, and the VCU Center for Trauma and Critical Care Education.
The goal of the IOP is to facilitate knowledge transfer from VCU Health System experts to foreign medical professionals through an informal shadowing program. Observers have exposure to the latest information, technology, clinical protocols, and best practices.
The IOP offers international medical students, physicians, and fellows the opportunity to observe our surgeons, physicians, and residents in training and participate in discussions, patient-oriented activities, and academic sessions.
Rotation Areas and Sites
Observers may rotate in different areas of trauma and emergency systems, including:
ITSDP collaboratively partners (Host institutions) include:
Virginia Commonwealth University - Richmond, VA USA:
Other Partners in Richmond, VA USA
Other medical centers in the USA offering observership opportunities:
Standard Program Activities at the Division of Acute Care Surgical Services of the Department of Surgery at VCU. Participants may have the opportunity to observe activities related to:
Observers must comply with the following requirements.
Minimum education - Observers must be graduates from a medical school.
NOTE: This program offers only Observational learning:
This program is strictly observational. A participant shall in no way be permitted to participate in patient care or direct contact actively, examination, research, or other work during his/her observership.