If you currently are a trainee enrolled in a U.S. graduate medical education program, you may be eligible to rotate at Cleveland Clinic during an elective time. At Cleveland Clinic, you can work with a particular staff physician or perhaps gain experience in an area not offered at your training institution.

Thank you for your interest in rotations at Cleveland Clinic.

Apply for a Rotation

Apply for a Rotation

To request a rotation, please contact the individual residency program for an application.

View a list of training programs

If you are accepted for a rotation, the program coordinator will give your information to the Graduate Medical Education Department for processing. Once received, the processing time will be 10 weeks. Be sure to provide all information requested to the program coordinator to avoid delays.



If your rotation is approved, you will received an email from the Graduate Medical Education office with further instructions including what you'll need to do on your first day of rotation, such as:

  • Obtain an I.D. badge
  • Get a parking assignment
  • Obtain a pager (if applicable)
  • Obtain a lab coat (if applicable)
  • Obtain OR scrubs (if applicable

As a visiting resident, you are no longer required to report to Graduate Medical Education on your first day of your rotation for orientation.

Pre-Training Checklist

You must obtain the following items before reporting to your clinical department:

Temporary ID badge

ID Badge Department, JJ North Office Building, Basement, Room 400
Monday & Friday, 7 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Parking permit

Garage parking costs $70 per month. GME does not pay for your parking

Parking Services, JJ North Office Building, Basement
Monday & Friday, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

White lab coat or OR scrubs

Lab coats can be borrowed from the uniform room and replaced when soiled. The OR Uniform Room will issue uniforms worn in the operating rooms.

Uniform Room, TT Building, Basement
7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays; 7 to 9 a.m. and 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.


You will need to sign a financial responsibility form prior to obtaining a pager. There is a charge of $50 for lost pagers. Crile/A Building, Basement, Room Ab118B.

Travel, Lodging, & Parking

Travel, Lodging, & Parking

Cleveland Clinic wants to make your plans for transportation, lodging and parking as easy as possible for you. Before you visit our Patients & Visitors site for details, please note the following:

  • Hotel If you make reservations at the InterContinental Hotels or Holiday Inn Cleveland Clinic, ask for the special "Cleveland Clinic Residency Housing Program" rate, using rate code IYCAG. Call Reservations at 216.707.4000.
  • Short-term Housing If you'd like help with short-term housing, please call 216.444.1876 or email studenthousing@ccf.org for referrals and preferred pricing.
  • Parking If you park in any Cleveland Clinic visitor parking garage, Cleveland Clinic's Parking Department will validate your parking ticket.

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Am I eligible?

All visiting trainees must currently be in an ACGME-accredited residency or fellowship and have approval from their program director to rotate at Cleveland Clinic.

What is the approval process?

Cleveland Clinic's GME Department and our individual staff physicians receive hundreds of requests for visiting trainee rotations each year. To ensure requests do not conflict with other training in a department, applications for all visiting residents and fellows are managed through the GME Department. Requests are recorded in our database and forwarded to the program director in the department for which the rotation is being requested.

After reviewing trainee credentials and other training commitments, the program director will apprise GME of the department’s ability to accommodate the request.The approval process takes about 10 weeks.The GME Department notifies trainees if their request cannot be accommodated or sends a letter of appointment once the rotation has been approved.

What are the responsibilities of visiting trainees?

The level of responsibility for each visitor will be determined by the supervising physician in conjunction with the program director approving the rotation.

Do I need malpractice insurance?

In order to assume any patient care responsibilities at Cleveland Clinic, visiting trainees must produce proof of liability coverage from their home hospital. Proof of coverage can be in the form of a letter on letterhead from an official within your institution or a copy of the actual policy verifying liability coverage during the time you will be rotating at Cleveland Clinic. Proof of coverage must be provided prior to your arrival, or your status will be that of an observer only during your visit.

What type of license must I provide?

You are required to provide a copy of either your permanent Ohio license or a copy of an Ohio training certificate issued by the State Medical Board of Ohio prior to beginning your rotation. Trainees from outside of Ohio should apply early; the process takes approximately four to six weeks. You will NOT be able to function as a visiting resident or fellow if you cannot provide Ohio licensure information; you will function as an observer only until this information is received. Get information on Ohio licensure.

How can I ensure my start date isn't delayed?

You'll be asked to upload documents in certain locations in MedHub by a specific date. Ensure your start date isn't delayed by uploading your documents:

  • in the correct location
  • by the deadline given (or earlier, if possible)