Explore This Observership

Under the direction of Annekathryn Goodman, MD, a specialist in the Center for Gynecologic Oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital and associate professor at Harvard Medical School, the International Gynecologic Oncology Observership provides physicians from around the world the opportunity to expand their knowledge and deepen their expertise in caring for women with gynecologic cancers.

This is a two-month observership, with no more than one physician invited for each rotation. Due to a revamping of the Harvard Medical School curriculum and student clerkships, we will be limited to the number of physicians we can invite this year. When completing your application, please indicate your preferred months to observe.

Program length: 2 months


The curriculum for the International Gynecologic Oncology Observership at Massachusetts General Hospital includes attendance at daily didactic lectures, observation in clinics or the operating room and work in our simulation center to hone operative skills. Please be advised that in an observership program, visitors will not physically engage with any patients or advise on any cases; visitors will strictly be observing/shadowing our professional staff.

At the completion of the observership, each participant is expected to prepare and present to the faculty, students, residents and fellows at Mass General a lecture on a topic related to gynecologic oncology.

Mass General does not award medical education credits for observerships; upon successful completion of an observership program, visitors will receive a certificate of attendance.


Each applicant must be a practicing clinician on staff at an institution and fluent in English. The observership program is not suitable for students or individuals seeking residency opportunities at Mass General or other United States institutions. Participation in our observership program does not have any bearing on any pending or future residency or fellowship applications. The Mass General observership program is not affiliated with any Harvard Medical School programs.

This position is unfunded. The visiting physician is expected to find his or her own funding for travel and living expenses, and is responsible for making living arrangements in Boston.

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Massachusetts law and the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 require that observers obtain health insurance during their time at Massachusetts General Hospital. The United States government does not provide health care; observers are responsible for purchasing private health insurance.

How to Apply

The application and all listed documentation should be submitted at least three months prior to your chosen rotation.

  1. Our online application form
  2. Current copy of your curriculum vitae (CV)
  3. Two letters of professional reference from director-level supervisors on hospital or institution letterhead.
    These letters should include, but are not limited to, the following information: 
    • Applicant and referrer’s position at home institution
    • That the applicant works full time and is in good standing at his or her institution
    • Why the applicant is an excellent candidate for this observership
    • What skills and interests the applicant will bring to the observership
    • How the applicant’s participation in the observership will benefit his or her home institution
  4. Signed Observer Expectations form (PDF)
  5. Signed English Proficiency Attestation (PDF)
  6. Signed Release of Background Information (PDF)
  7. A copy of your medical diploma
  8. A copy of your medical license
  9. A 500-word essay (in English) describing your current experience in taking care of women with cancer, your personal goals for the two months of study and training at Mass General, and your vision for gynecologic oncology at your home institution

Once you have submitted the online form, complete your application process by submitting the above information to MGHGynOncInternatObserve@partners.org or by mail:

Arun Chaudhary
OB/GYN Global Health Administrative Coordinator
55 Fruit Street, Yawkey 9E
Boston, MA 02114