International Scholars

Deadline for application to the 2014-2015 International Scholars Program is closed. Applications for the 2015-2016 academic year begin April 1, 2015.

The Wills Eye experience touches every corner of the globe. We are excited to share our world class institute with you through our expert physicians teaching overseas, physicians from around the globe visiting the Wills Eye Hospital, and our web-based educational resources.

Become a Wills International Scholar

The Wills International Scholars program offers international medical graduates a structured opportunity to observe clinical ophthalmology under the guidance of Wills Eye experts. (Only MDs  are currently accepted for the program.) These observerships are generally one month in length during the academic year (unavailable in June, July and August). This experience does not involve direct patient care or contact.

As a Wills International Scholar, physicians may concentrate on one ophthalmic specialty or rotate through several specialties, including:

  • Pediatric Ophthalmology and Ocular Genetics
  • Glaucoma
  • Oculoplastic and Orbital Surgery
  • Cornea
  • Neuro-Ophthalmology
  • Retina
  • Comprehensive Ophthalmology
  • Ophthalmic Diagnostic Testing
  • Ophthalmic Pathology

Scholars are invited to attend Wills Eye lectures and presentations as well as other educational opportunities during their stay.

Please take a moment to review the International Scholars Program Application Requirements.

Each applicant will also be required to submit a Volunteer/International Visitor immunization Documentation form.

If you wish to have a longer stay or be involved in direct patient care and/or research, you may wish to apply for a fellowship with your specialty of interest.


Ann P. Murchison, MD
Wills International Coordinator
Wills Eye Hospital
840 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107