Observers do not register with the Postgraduate Medical Education (PGME) Office. Doctors who wish to arrange an observership must do so by contacting the hospital in which they wish to have observer status. The PGME Office receives a high volume of inquiries regarding observership opportunities at the following hospitals in Toronto:
Persons interested in an observership at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre must apply directly to the departmental office of the specialty in which they wish to have observer status. The Credentials Office issues observer credentials at the request of the hospital’s departmental offices.
Medical practitioners interested in obtaining observer status at the Hospital for Sick Children must apply directly to the departmental office of the specialty in which they wish to have observer status.
The Medical Education Office at Mount Sinai Hospital indicates that observerships there are no longer than one month and must originate with a request from a staff physician. Prospective observers need to apply directly to the departmental office of the specialty in which they wish to have observer status.
At the new Women’s College Hospital prospective observers must arrange their observership through a staff physician at the hospital, who will notify the hospital’s Medical Education Office.
At the University Health Network, those who wish to arrange observerships must do so through the appropriate departmental office. The departmental office will inform the University Health Network Medical Affairs Office. The UHN Medical Education Office is not involved with the credentialing of observers.
College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO), the body which regulates the practice of medicine in the province of Ontario, has a Delegation of Controlled Acts policy that is relevant to the practice of allowing internationally trained medical graduates to observe patient care in clinical settings. This policy is accessible through the CPSO website.