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Training Program for Foreign Clinicians

Elective Courses

The following courses are available for your clinical electives at the National Taiwan University Hospital. The total term of your clinical electives ranges from 2 weeks to a few months. The length of time for each course in the respective department could be adjusted to clinicians' needs.

Internal Medicine, Surgery, Gynecology and Obstetrics, Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine, Psychiatry, Neurology, Dermatology, Orthopedics, Rehabilitation Medicine, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Anesthesiology, Ophthalmology, Urology, Medical Imaging, Radiology(nuclear medicine). On the application form, please list the desired course(s) as well as the alternatives in case that your choice(s) is (are) not available during your elective term. You may also indicate certain elective courses or subspecialties that are of particular interest to you, but not listed above . We will do our best to accommodate your request. Please notify us if you want to change your dates or courses of rotation after being accepted for electives; however, an official letter from your hospital to change your electives dates will be needed.


Credits, Certificate, and Evaluation

Credits for the clinical electives taken by foreign clinicians are not available from our hospital or medical school. However, a certificate will be issued to the clinician upon completion of the clinical electives, and a candid evaluation of the clinician's performance assessed by each supervisor will be sent to the corresponding authorities of your medical school.

Who can apply?

The applications should be initiated 3 months (6 months for training duration longer than three months) prior to the anticipated beginning of the program. The following documents are required for application:

  1. Good health and good academic standing in their own hospitals.
  2. Completion of the first year of residency training prior to taking overseas elective programs.
  3. Proficiency in Chinese or English, particularly in speaking and listening comprehension, is preferred. Our teaching and clinical practices are mainly conducted in Mandarin Chinese, accompanied by English textbooks and slides.

The Chinese proficiency statement could be one of the following options:

  1. If the applicant received primary education in Taiwan or China, just indicate it on the curriculum vitae.
  2. If the applicant can speak Chinese, a statement certified by the student or family members would be accepted. (Ex: I hereby certify that [applicant] is fluent in conversational Mandarin Chinese. [signature])
  3. If the applicant is (has been) enrolled in Chinese language classes, a certificate or a transcript of record by the language center is preferred.


Required Application Documents

The applications should be initiated 3 months (6 months for training duration longer than three months) prior to the anticipated beginning of the program. The following documents are required for application:

  1. A completed application form with a recent photograph (passport photo).
  2. A recommendation letter from your academic supervisor or the director of your residency training program.
  3. A personal statement describing your interests in learning if accepted to this program.
  4. Curriculum Vitae
  5. Photocopies of diplomas for your degree in medicine (M.D., M.B.) or any other related medical fields.
  6. Photocopies of qualified licenses related to medical fields.
  7. Proof of residency training (at least one full year of post-graduate clinical training).
  8. Proof of clinical work experience at least one full year of post-graduate clinical work
    (This document must be less than 6 months old.)
  9. Photocopy of your passport (the page containing personal information and photograph).
  10.  Certificate of Health (including①Chest X-ray for Pulmonary Tuberculosis ②Hepatitis B status ③Serological Test for Syphilis ④Proof of Positive Measles and Rubella Antibody or Measles and Rubella Vaccination Certificates (③&④only for training duration longer than three months)
  11.  Proof of travel and health insurance.
  12.  Proof of proficiency in traditional Chinese (if available)

Application Procedures

Upon receipt of the above documents, the application will be reviewed by chairperson(s) of the respective department(s), and it will normally take about 10 weeks to process. When the application is accepted, a letter of acceptance describing our arrangements will be issued.

The applicant must confirm his/her decision about our arrangements at least 4 weeks prior to the start date of the elective term. If the candidate wishes to withdraw from the electives or change the arrival date, please notify us in writing at least 6 weeks before the elective term.

Application documents will be reviewed by the NTUH initially, and then be further evaluated by the Ministry of Health and Welfare of the Republic of China (Taiwan). Upon approval, applicants will receive letters of acceptance, which will be required to obtain the Taiwanese visa. The application processing time is usually around 3 months.

Registration Procedures

  1. On the first day of the elective program, please report to the office of the Department of Education on the third floor of the NTUH east campus.
  2. Bring one 1-inch recent photo (including upper-body) for registration and issuance of a NTUH ID card.

ContactHui-Ling Chen

Tel :(886)-2-2312-3456#65612

Learning at NTUH

  1. Every trainee is assigned a preceptor who will be responsible for the overall objectives of the elective program and relevant issues.
  2. Every trainee will be given an introduction about NTUHs environment after registration.
  3. According to the laws of Taiwan (ROC), trainees are not allowed to execute clinical work without a physicians practice license in Taiwan.
  4. Tracking the learning objectivesDuring the elective program at NTUH, the trainees preceptor will modify the program as required through regular meetings with the trainee.
  5. Every trainee might be charged the tuition fee.
  6. QuestionnaireCompletion of this questionnaire at the conclusion of the elective program is mandatory before a completion certificate will be issued.


Trainees must apply for either a visitor visa or a resident visa (for stays longer than 180 days) in their country of residence before coming to Taiwan. The issuance of ROC visas in foreign passports is administered by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or ROC overseas missions.

Long-term stays (more than 180 days): Resident Visa holders are required to apply for an Alien Resident Certificate (ARC) at the local service of the Ministry of Interior National Immigration Agency within 15 days after arrival. They may stay in Taiwan as long as their Alien Resident Certificates remain valid. Application fee is NT$ 2,200 for a single entry and NT$3,000 for multiple entries.

Short-term stays Visa holders are required to extend the length of stay on their visas within 15 days preceding the expiration of the current ones.



  1. Valid travel and health insurance is required on trips to Taiwan. The clinician from abroad is responsible for his/her own health insurance.
  2. Taiwan National Health Insurance is available to ARC holders after 4 months.


Whom You Can Contact

National Taiwan University Hospital
No.7, Chung Shan S. Rd.(Zhongshan S. Rd.), Zhongzheng Dist., Taipei City 100, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
For more information, please contact Ms. Hui-Ling Chen 
Tel: 886-2-2312-3456#65612
 Fax: 886-2-2371-0615
 E-mail: 113613@ntuh.gov.tw

Last modified at 2018/04/08

Data from Department of Medical Education