Observership Program



RAMA Observership Program is designed to provide a strong clinical experience in the American clinical system as well as an in-depth look into the way American hospitals are organized and function.

The program is now active in Cleveland, OH at the University Hospitals, Cleveland Clinic, LakeHealth System and MetroHealth Medical Center. Here are some doctors who went through our program:

Raman Babayeuski, MDValery Grad, MDVitali Karaliou, MDDenis Budrevich, MDDanil Zorin, MDKaren Malkhasyan, MDElena Nemytova, MDUljana Scott, MDYayra Askarova, MDElvira Kadyrova, MDLana Cossel, MDOksana Popovich, MDElena Nufer, MDVictoria SevastyanovaGulnaz Altynbaeva, MD, Glikman JuliaDyatlov, ArtemIrina Kapustina - More references are available upon request.

Doctors who are in the process of obtaining their residency positions will greatly benefit from this training.Observers who wish to upgrade their clinical and educational skills in a particular specialty will be matched with a medical professional who will serve as their mentor during their observer training in hospitals of Cleveland. Observers can also expect to communicate with their American and Russian American colleagues and enjoy spending a several weeks in our medical partners’ facilities. Patient contact is prohibited for an observer.

All hospitals we work with have international reputation for interdisciplinary coordination of education, research, diagnosis and treatment.

One of the important benefits this program offers is establishing important relationships between RAMA, its allies and medical institutions overseas. We believe that initiating such international collaborations, exchanging knowledge and developing and maintaining relationships with our colleagues from the countries of the former SU will improve quality of healthcare, in other words, save lives.

PROGRAM COST (up to 3 months)

For members or non-members who reside in US or Canada, observership tuition fees are as follows:

- For individual RAMA members - $2500 for the first period of up to one month and $1250 for every additional consecutive period of observership in the same specialty.
- For Non-Members - $2800 per person for the first period of up to one month and $1350 per person for every additional consecutive period of observership in the same specialty. 
- For Members or Non-Members who do not reside in US or Canada the fee for one-specialty observership will be determined on an individual basis. 

Each observer or his/her sponsoring institution or government agency will be responsible to covering the said costs. This tuition charge will cover all educational, clinical and administrative expenses required to implement the observer program offered through RAMA.

Services included in the tuition are: assignment to a faculty member; participation in department activities; review and discussion of cases; participation in conferences, lectures, and grand rounds; access to the extensive literature, journals and research materials at the participating hospital library, general guidance and adaptation on location.

RAMA will require a full payment for services immediately after receiving an Entry Visa to the US or at least within 60 days prior to arrival. All living and housing, insurance and transportation expenses are the responsibility of the observer and/or the sponsoring institution or government agency.

Send your inquiry about the Observership program cost to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  . 


Once your application is approved, you will receive a link in your email to complete your registration and pay for the program. If you did not receive this email, or you lost it, please contact  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and we will resend it to you.

(this link will take you to the International Observership Program Application)


RAMA admits groups of up to 6 people for introductory one-week medical specialty tours that provide visitors with information about American Healthcare system, departmental functionality, logistics and other key features necessary for clear understanding to the US Healthcare structure and operations. The 7-day visit cost: $5000 per person which has to be prepaid 30 days prior to the group arrival.

To obtain information about individual long-term observerships (4 to 12 months) and ESL programs costs, please send your inquiry to Olga Osipoff at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 


To fully benefit from the experience gained from RAMA’s program, it is imperative that the observer has a strong command of the English language.

To match the visiting physician with an appropriate counterpart at a particular hospital, RAMA will require a copy of each observer's curriculum vitae, 2 letters of recommendation, a statement outlining areas of interest and goals, time and length of observership, copy of MD degree 2 four weeks before the training begins.


At the end of RAMA Observership Program, all observers will receive a certificate acknowledging their participation in this professional development program.


Opportunities are potentially available in the following specialties: Anesthesiology, Dermatology, Emergency Medicine, Medicine and specialties, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pathology, Psychiatry, Radiology, and Surgery. Availability of positions will depend upon the availability of faculty mentors and is subject to change throughout the year. Each Observership must be approved on a case-by-case basis by the department, in which the department chairperson and/or residency program director will designate a faculty member to mentor the observer.


Observers will be assigned to a specific hospital for a period of 4-8 weeks in any given specialty. Special accommodations for longer rotations may be made on a case-by-case basis and will be subject to RAMA scheduling.


Each observer must obtain his or her own visa. The RAMA does not issue visas for observers.

For information about travel, housing, entertainment and other helpful resources, download RAMA’s International Observers Resource Kit.


A formal letter of agreement regarding this specialized program must be signed between RAMA and the appropriate institution. The letter of agreement will clearly outline the roles and financial responsibilities of each party. In addition, each observer will be required to sign a statement acknowledging that he/she will have no patient contact and that no liability, disability, worker's compensation or educational credit will be provided.

Print this AGREEMENT, fill it out, scan and e-mail to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

itution or government agency shall provide each observer comprehensive health insurance or a health benefits plan offered by an insurance company or managed care organization authorized to do business in Ohio. You can find information about some insurance agencies we suggest in the RAMA International Observers Resource Kit.


If for any reason you have to cancel your arrangement for an observership program with RAMA, you can  send your request to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  within 14 days from the date of your application. Any requests for reimbursement sent after the said period will not be granted. Please note: a of 15% Admin Fee will be applied against your refund. Additional fees may apply if your payment was made by check or wire.


Russian American Medical Association
36100 Euclid Avenue, Suite 330-B
Willoughby OH, 44094 USA
Phone: 440.953.8055  Fax: 440.953.0242
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Olga Osipoff, RAMA Executive Director
Тeл: +1 440 321-2311
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