Surgery Visitors Program
International Visitors

What To Expect

International Visitors are those who come to our center from outside the United States. 

Upon acceptance into the Visitor’s Program, visitors are provided with a detailed itinerary of what to expect for the duration of their stay.   We will help you every step of the way, from helping you familiarize yourself with the hospital to finding accommodations.  We are excited to have you with us and want to ensure you are comfortable and able to get the most out of your time here.

While in the program, visitors, both students and attendings, can expect to:

  • Observe surgeries from a classroom and / or operating room setting
  • Under escort by an attending, shadow in-patient rounds
  • Attend informational lectures at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, as well as the University of Cincinnati
  • Observe out-patient clinic area
  • Participate in various courses throughout the division

Please know observers are not permitted any hands-on patient care and receive no educational credit or certificate.

Note: There is a weekly fee to observe in the Division of Pediatric General & Thoracic Surgery, as well as a one-time administrative fee assessed by the Global Health Center. You can pay the fee to the Division of Pediatric Surgery upon arrival, and the Global Health fee once the Division has accepted your request.

Research Opportunities

Visitors may observe faculty labs at the discretion of the Faculty member.  If you are interested in shadowing one of our labs, please email pedsurgvisitorprogram@cchmc.orgPlease note, we do not offer compensation for visitors who are shadowing.


Cincinnati Children’s offers hostiles for our International visitors that are within walking distance to the hospital and conveniently located by the library, grocery store, park and a variety of restaurants. We also offer shuttle services to and from the hospital and the Metro Bus is available to visit other areas of Cincinnati. Learn more about accommodations for international visitors (PDF).

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To learn more about the pre-arrival requirements and to register, please email Please send your CV, completed Global Health application, letter of good standing from your current institution and a recent photograph so we can consider your application.


To learn more about the pre-arrival requirements and to register, please email

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