International Scholars

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 resourcesPlease note that there is a $3,000 application fee.

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 (generally unavailable in 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.

Wills Eye Hospital
840 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Ann P. Murchison, MD, Program Director

Susan Umfer, Program Manager


*The $3,000 fee is required at the time an application is submitted. Applicants who are not approved for participation in the program will have the fee refunded. Should an approved applicant decide later not to participate, the fee is non-refundable.