Integrated Ethics Observer Program

Observership Program Components

The intent of the Integrated Ethics Observers Program is to extend the benefit of MD Anderson’s expertise in cancer care ethics to (other than rare instances) individuals who are currently practicing professionally outside of the Texas Medical Center (TMC) and the United States to globally enhance awareness of cancer care ethics.

Reciprocally, the Section of Integrated Ethics in Cancer Care and MD Anderson benefits through the expertise of international experts regarding ethical concerns in global cancer treatment and research, thereby enhancing its cultural knowledge-base enabling MD Anderson to ethically serve international patients at a greater level.

Observer programs are tailored to the individual, and appointments can extend up to a maximum of six months, determined by the agreed-upon goals and objectives of the individual and the Section of Integrated Ethics.

Application Process

Applications for the Section of Integrated Ethics Observer Program are accepted through MD Anderson Cancer Center’s DISCOVER System. Access to this system requires a password that is generated when the applicant creates an account on the DISCOVER System.

To request a DISCOVER account or for more information, please contact:

Timoteo Gonzales III, Program Coordinator

Phone: 713-792-3944 



The following materials must be submitted via the DISCOVER system or via hard copy:

  • Application (biographical information and school information)
  • A letter of intent stating:
    • Why the applicant is interested in the observership, including academic interests and/or personal experiences
    • Goals and objectives for the observership
    • Academic and professional training
    • Personal traits that would make you well-suited for the observership
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV): A written description of an individual’s educational background, work experience, and related professional accomplishments
  • Immunization Compliance Report: A form is provided in the DISCOVER system. Please follow instructions carefully. Required immunizations include Measles, Mumps & Rubella (MMR), Varicella (Chicken Pox), TB Skin Test, Tetanus, and Diphtheria & Pertussis (Tdap)
  • Letter from Home Institution: Letter of support from a supervisor/mentor at the home institution stating the purpose of the visit (observation only) and how this experience will benefit the home institution as well as how the knowledge gained will be applied to your current role (i.e. practice or program) upon return. Letter must be on institutional letterhead, signed, dated and submitted within one month of application submission date. For applicants currently “visiting” a US institution, the letter must come from the institution of origin (home institution abroad) supporting your visit which is tied to the initial intent of your visit to the US and authorized length of stay.
  • Notification of Personal and Criminal History Background Check Form
  • Observer Terms of Appointment

Send to:

Timoteo Gonzales III, Program Coordinator

Integrated Ethics - Unit 1430
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
PO Box 304102
Houston, Texas 77230-1402

Phone: (713) 792-8775
Fax: (713) 745-0674

Health Screening

In accordance with institutional standards, upon selection and notification by the Section of Integrated Ethics, the observer will be required to submit a physician’s certification of general health (pdf), immunization record, and TB test result prior to appointment.