Gastroenterology Visiting Observerships

Beth Israel Deaconess Department of Medicine (BIDDM) Foundation via the Division of Gastroenterology at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center offers a Visiting Observership training program in Gastroenterology.

This program is not currently accepting applications.

The goal of this observership is to offer international gastroenterologists, surgeons and fellows from universities and hospitals who wish to spend one or two months observing in the Gastroenterology Division at the BIDMC main hospital campus. While we do not accept observers in our general GI clinics, we welcome visitors within our sub-specialty centers and as a result, the observation can be tailored to the interests of the observer.

The BIDMC campus is one of the largest referral centers in the United States for therapeutic endoscopy and has well-established clinical, teaching and research programs. Observers will also be invited to attend all didactic sessions and multidisciplinary conferences at BIDMC via their BIDDM sponsorship. Fluency in spoken and written English is required for all applicants.

The trainee will be supervised by faculty members who will also be responsible for teaching and providing guidance. The trainee will have only an observatory role and no clinical work requirements or patient contact.


At the end of this observership, the participant will:

  • Expand his/her knowledge of gastroenterology.
  • Observe the most current diagnostic and procedural techniques.
  • Have an opportunity to observe in sub-specialty areas as interest and need directs.

Target Audience

Gastroenterologists: practicing community and academic gastroenterologists and fellows with interest in advancing their knowledge in specific areas of gastroenterology.


International observers will obtain their own tourist Visa. A J1 Visa sponsorship is not offered from BIDDM for this course of study. All Visas will need to be obtained by the individual observer.