The Anesthesiology and Critical Care division 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:
Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine: attend grand rounds; observe anesthesia cases in neurosurgery, thoracic surgery, head and neck surgery and non-or cases.
Critical Care: 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.
Pain Medicine: observe clinic and OR procedures; attend Grand Rounds, Journal Club, Case/M&M conferences; interact and participate in Morning Report and multidisciplinary meetings.
- Observers 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 MD 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).
Application and approval processes
To apply, email the program with your CV and your preferred observership dates.
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 Anesthesiology and Critical Care division 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 email from TAA.
The Visa and Immigration Services Administration Office (V.I.S.A.) can help you secure a Visa, if applicable. Non-U.S. citizens, including permanent residents, are required to check in with V.I.S.A. before the first day of the appointment. Non-U.S. citizens should bring all original immigration documents.
Pickens Academic Tower
1400 Pressler St., Suite 6.5000
All observers (regardless of citizenship) must check in with Trainee & Alumni Affairs (TAA) after they clear VISA.
Pickens Academic Tower
1400 Pressler Street, Suite 7.5000
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.
1400 Holcombe St.
13th Floor, Rm. FC13.2016.