Visiting Physicians

The Visiting Physician Program is an opportunity for gynecologic oncologists to visit the Department of Gynecologic Oncology and observe direct patient care in the outpatient clinic, surgical procedures in the operating room, attend multidisciplinary treatment planning conferences and weekly fellow education didactic programs under the guidance of experts in the field. The volume of surgical procedures scheduled/performed per week varies widely based on the activities of faculty. The occurrence of weekly disposition conferences and educational programs also varies.


Visiting Physician Program applicants must be a current member of an Obstetrics and Gynecology Department or Department of Gynecologic Oncology.

The applicant must complete an application clearly outlining the primary purpose for the visit and the goals to be achieved by such applicant upon completion of his/her rotation.

The applicant must comprehend, read and speak English fluently. English is the language of education and patient care at MD Anderson, and the applicant must be able to communicate effectively in English. NOTE: Visitor privileges may be revoked for candidates unable to demonstrate competency upon arrival.

The following individuals will not be considered as candidates:

  • Current residents or fellows
  • Individuals not meeting the eligibility requirements noted above

How to Apply

The Visiting Physician Program follows the guidelines as set by the institution's Short-Term Observers Program.

All applications must be turned in a minimum of three (3) months prior to the requested date of visit. 

International visitors are required to turn in their applications six (6) months in advance and are responsible for securing their own visas.

Applicants will be responsible for travel expenses as well as room and board while participating in the Visiting Physician Program.

Visits are for 30 days maximum.

Requested date of visit is not guaranteed and is dependent upon availability of mentors, staff and space.

Some dates will not be available due to scheduled holidays and national/international conferences.

A completed Visiting Physician Program application will include:

  • Completed Short-Term Observer Application (pdf)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Proof of highest degree (copy of diploma or transcripts)
  • Letter from a person in authority at the home institution stating how it will benefit the home institution to have their employee/trainee observe at MD Anderson
  • Translations of any document not written in English

Submit the completed application to:

Maria L. Flores, Program Coordinator
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Department of Gynecologic Oncology - Unit 1362
P.O. Box 301439
Houston, Texas 77230-1439

Applicants will be notified regarding the status of their application within eight (8) weeks of receipt.

The Visiting Physician Program Committee will select applicants and placement will be dictated by the following criteria:

  • Availability of the hosting mentor
  • Dates that do not conflict with major national or international meetings
  • Effort to ensure that no more than two Visiting Physicians are rotating at the same time

Letter of Participation

At the conclusion of the rotation, the individual will be provided with a letter acknowledging his/her participation in the Visiting Physician Program. No certificate is provided.