Visiting Observer - Frequently Asked Questions

What is Penn Radiology's definition of a visiting observer so that I can be sure this is the right training for me?

A UPHS Radiology enrichment/observation experience is defined, for purposes of this policy, as time spent at HUP, CPUP or in Radiology Research Labs observing patient care, gaining medical knowledge, conducting research, observing or consulting in connection with a research project.

Radiology Enrichment/Observation experiences may be granted on a case-by-case basis to undergraduate, foreign medical student or any individual who has completed formal graduate medical education or training. His/her purpose in spending time within the Department of Radiology is personal enrichment, not provision of service to the Department.

The exchange of visiting scholars promotes interchange, mutual enrichment, and linkages between research and educational institutions in US and foreign countries. Eligible participants in this program will enter the US with a J-1 visa, identified as "exchange visitors." Or B-1 visa if they will be observing in a clinical area for a period not to exceed three months.

I am interested in setting up a visit (observership) in one of your departments. What is the procedure?

Complete the Visiting Observership Application and forward the requested information by email to the specific section you are interested in visiting. To identify the specific section you need to contact, click here.

I am interested in spending time in one of your research labs or clinical division and not a U.S. citizen. Where can I obtain more information about visas?

How much health coverage is required?

  • Medical benefits of at least $50,000 per accident or illness
  • Repatriation of remains in the amount of $7,500
  • Expenses associated with the medical evacuation of the exchange visitor to his or her home country in the amount of $10,000
  • A deductible not to exceed $500 per accident or illness

What immunizations must I have proof of?

  • Immunization records for Measles, Mumps, Rubella and Varicella (chicken pox)
  • Proof of PPD test for Tuberculosis with negative results within 3 months
  • Visitors between September and March must submit to an influenza vaccine upon arrival

What are the housing options?

Extended stay apartments

  • **Homewood Suites by Hilton University City (on campus)
    4109 Walnut Street
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19104
    Tel: 215-382-1111
  • **Club Quarters in Philadelphia (use UPENN as the promo code)
    1628 Chestnut Street
    (At 17th Street)
    Philadelphia, PA 19103
    Phone: 215-282-5000
    Fax: 215-282-5001
  • AKA Rittenhouse
    135 South 18th Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19103
    Tel: 215-825-7000

Properties on Campus

  • **International House
    3701 Chestnut Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19104
    Tel: 215-895-6540 (day), 215-387-5125 (evening)
  • The Stratum
    20 South 36th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
    Tel: 215-662-0802

Hotels ($$$-$$$$)

  • Hotel Palomar Philadelphi
    117 South 17th Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19103
  • Sheraton Philadelphia University City Hotel (on campus)
    3549 Chestnut Street
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104
    Tel: 215-387-8000
  • The Inn at Penn, A Hilton Hotel (on campus)
    3600 Sansom Street
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104
    Tel: 215-222-0200
    Fax: 215-222-4600
  • Radisson Plaza-Warwick Hotel Philadelphia
    220 South 17th St
    Philadelphia PA 19103-6179
    Reservations: 1-800-395-7046
    Tel: 215-735-6000
    Fax: 215-790-7766

Where should I report on my first observation day?

Prior to arrival, you should make direct arrangements with the division you will be observing in and identify a first-time meeting location.

The hospital policy is to wear a photo ID at all times when I am in the hospital. What is the procedure to obtain one?

Obtain the completed form from the division you are visiting. They can direct you to the Security Office where IDs are taken. Office hours are posted on the door. The ID will expire on your last scheduled day in the hospital.