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Education for Physicians

Allegheny International Services collaborates with internationally based providers of health care to cultivate relationships that support educational enrichment in areas of shared interest. Allegheny General has an established physician exchange program whose participants come from countries all over the world to take part in educational and research training programs.

Internationally trained physicians are invited to participate in all continuing medical education activities in the various specialty areas. Visiting international physicians who participate in special education and research programs, as well as formal residencies and fellowships, are eligible for membership in the International Medical Faculty of Allegheny General. An affiliation status with Allegheny General begins upon the return to their home country after the completion of a program sponsored by AGH.

International Observership Program

Allegheny General and West Penn hospitals host observers from around the world. The International Observership Program typically lasts about four weeks. This program was designed for physicians, nurses, pharmacists, medical students, physiotherapists, technologists, technicians and health administrators.

The observership is a specific exchange program in which the observer accompanies the medical staff through their daily hospital routine, sharing experiences with doctors, residents, staff and students.

The duties of the participant include the observation of the clinical care of patients, as appropriate, as well as participation in lectures, grand rounds and other related events. Observers receive no privileges to participate in the clinical treatment of patients to assist in any medical procedures, test or surgeries, nor do they receive academic credit. Their role is specifically defined as observer.

For inquiries about international educational opportunities available through Allegheny General, please call International Services at 412.359.5269 or contact us by e-mail at