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Anesthesiology & Critical Care Observer Program

The Division of Anesthesiology & Critical Care participates in the Observership program designed by MD Anderson Cancer Center.  The Observership program is for academicians and educational trainees who are interested in observing the division’s anesthesia, pain management, and critical care services.  This is a hands-in-pocket training experience.  Observation only.

Each department offers a separate curriculum for observers:

Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine

Contact: Cindy Whittenberg, cwhitten@mdanderson.org

  • Attend grand rounds
  • Observe the following types of anesthesia cases:
    • Neurosurgery
    • Thoracic
    • Head & Neck
    • Non-OR

Department of Critical Care

Contact: Cindy Whittenberg, 713-792-5345

  • Attend M&M Conference
  • Attend Noon Lecture
  • Observe during patient rounds in the ICU
  • Interact with residents, medical students and MLPs before and after rounds.

Department of Pain Medicine

Contact: Cindy Whittenberg, cwhitten@mdanderson.org

  • Observe:
    • Clinic
    • OR Procedures
  • Attend educational activities: Grand Rounds, Journal Club, Case/M&M Conferences
  • Interact and participate in:
    • Morning Report
    • Multidisciplinary Meetings

Observership program requirements in the Division of Anesthesiology & Critical Care:

  • Must demonstrate proficiency in English
  • The maximum appointment for an Observer is one month
  • If approved, there is a department fee in the amount of $500 for up to one week and $500 per week for every subsequent week.  This department fee is waived for those individuals affiliated with one of M. D. Anderson’s Sister Institutions. Observers will need to bring the required fee in cash, money order or a cashier’s check payable to MD Anderson Cancer Center upon check-in with the department contact.
  • White lab coat required (Department will provide scrubs for the operating room)

When your application is approved:

E-mail the department contact with a current curriculum vitae and include the length and dates you are requesting 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 Division of Anesthesiology & Critical Care will recommend you for an observational 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 Pickens Academic Tower, 1400 Pressler Street, Suite 6.5000, 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 in the Pickens Academic Tower, 1400 Pressler Street, Suite 7.5000, Houston, TX. Phone: 713-792-2696, e-mail: jmills@mdanderson.org. 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 Director of Research Development’s office, Faculty Center, 1400 Holcombe Street, 13th Floor, Rm. FC13.2016.


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