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Visiting Physicians

The Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery participates in the Observership program designed by UT MD Anderson Cancer Center. The Observership program is for academicians and educational trainees who are interested in observing surgical procedures and outpatient consultations in the department. This is a one-way relationship in that we provide service to the observers; they do not provide service to us. This is a hands-in-pocket training experience. Observation only.

Observership program requirements in the Department of Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery:

  • Must demonstrate proficiency in English
  • The maximum appointment for an Observer is three months
  • If approved, there is a fee in the amount of $500 during the first month and $200 for each additional month (month 2 and 3)
  • White lab coat required (Department will provide scrubs for the operating room)

Application process:

  • Applications will be accepted between June-August for a proposed observership during the months of January-June of the following year.  Applications will be accepted between January-March for a proposed observership during the months of July-December of the same year.
  • Applications will be reviewed by our faculty in September and April respectively.
  • Our department only allows 2 observers at a time.
  • To apply for observership email Dara Keener with a current CV, letter of support from home institution, letter describing your areas of interest in disease and/or technology and include the length of time you are requesting to observe.

Upon approval into the Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery Observership Program:

  • You will notified of the dates to observe.
  • An account will be set up for you through the Discover web based application system. You will receive an e-mail from Discover where you will complete the application and submit the required documents through Discover.
  • Once the application and documents are submitted, the Department of Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery will recommend you for an educational appointment.
  • Your application and supporting documents will be sent to the Office of Trainee and Alumni Affairs (TAA) for approval. If approved as an Observer, you will receive an appointment letter via e-mail from TAA.
  • The Visa and Immigration Services Administration Office (V.I.S.A.) can help you secure a Visa, if applicable. Non-US citizens, including permanent residents, are required to check in with V.I.S.A. before the first day of the appointment. V.I.S.A is located at 7007 Bertner Avenue, 1MC17.3439, Houston, TX. Phone: 713-792-1112; e-mail: visa@mdanderson.org. Non-US citizens should bring all original immigration documents.
  • All observers (regardless of citizenship) must check in with Trainee & Alumni Affairs (TAA) after they clear VISA. TAA is located at 7007 Bertner Avenue, 1MC17.3439, Houston, TX. Phone: 713-792-2696. Please have your Visa and Immigration Services Administration Office clearance documents and passport for verification when you check in. Non-US citizens must present the clearance forms they received from the V.I.S.A.
  • After you check in with the Office of International Affairs and Trainee and Alumni Affairs, report to the Program Coordinator's office, Pickens Academic Tower, 1400 Pressler Street, 19th Floor, Rm. FCT19.6000.
  • Observers will need to bring the required fee in credit or debit card, money order or a cashier’s check payable to MD Anderson Cancer Center, Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery, Pickens Academic Tower, 1400 Pressler Street, 19th Floor, Rm. FCT19.6000, Houston, TX 77030.
  • Observers will need to bring the required fee in credit or debit card, money order or a cashier’s check payable to MD Anderson Cancer Center, Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery, Pickens Academic Tower, 1400 Pressler Street, 19th Floor, Rm. FCT19.6000, Houston, TX 77030.

If you have any questions, please contact program coordinator Dara Keener or 713-792-7664.

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