International Training

Thyroid & Endocrine Surgery

Thyroid & Endocrine Surgery

Severance International Fellowship (SIF)

Severance International Fellowship (SIF) is open to foreign physicians, dentists, nurses, medical technicians, or hospital administrators who wish to experience clinical care, operative procedures, and participate in research activities at Severance Hospital(Sinchon) Seoul, Korea. This program builds on the hospital’s long legacy and mission to educate future clinical leaders in healthcare and ultimately reducing health inequalities in the global society.

Common Requirements

  1. All foreign trainees have to be eligible to enter Korea without violating Article 11(Prohibition, etc. of Entry) of the Immigration Act of the Republic of Korea.

  2. All foreign trainees have to be enough fluent in English or Korean to participate in the training. Trainees have to be not only able to do daily conversation, but also have to understand and be able to listen, read, write, and speak about their professional specialty area in English or Korean. Severance Academy might request official proof of the trainee's language proficiency if necessary. Interpretations are NOT available.

  3. All foreign trainees have to be registered as trainees in Severance Academy, mainly by applying online at this homepage. (Email applications are not recommended.)

  4. All foreign trainees have to submit a immunization form that asks for proof of vaccination or antibody test results for specific diseases designated by Severance Hospital. Please download the form here.

Thyroid & Endocrine Surgery Training

The Thyroid and Endocrine Surgery Training Program aims to provide international leadership and expertise in thyroidectomy with various kinds of high-skilled techniques, such as conventional open surgery, open surgery with minimal incision, endoscopic and robotic surgery. Fellows will mainly observe or practice in outpatient clinics and operating theater to understand the goals of medical and surgical management of thyroid cancer and thyroid disease. Fellows will also have the opportunity to comprehend the principles and application of techniques used in treating parathyroid and adrenal diseases. As the leading group for the robotic surgery in thyroid and adrenal glands, the attendants will experience various kinds of minimally invasive approach for thyroid and adrenal gland surgeries. The department of thyroid and endocrine surgery offers comprehensive care with a world-class multidisciplinary team consisted of thyroid-endocrine surgeons, endocrinologists, diagnostic radiologists, otorhinolaryngologists, nuclear medicine physicians, dermatologists, rehabilitation program team and nutrition support team. 

Under the guidance of supervisors, the fellows are strongly encouraged to actively participate in the clinical research activities to get familiar with professional methods of documenting, oral reporting, and data interpretation. 


1. Certificate

All participants of our SIF program will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the training. The certificate will be issued by the President & CEO of Yonsei University Health System.

2. Alumni Network & Gatherings (to be determined)

Severance Academy operates various SNS or online communities, where you can communicate freely with other international trainees who were in Severance before or will be training soon. You can get help from other physicians or medical staffs before you come to Korea and get some useful tips including their training experience, accommodations, good restaurants near the hospital etc. We will also update the newest news of Severance regularly at this homepage. Severance Academy will also host offline gatherings exclusive for international trainees, or invite you to official events hosted by Severance Hospital or governement institutions.