The Orthopaedic Oncology Observership Program offers orthopaedic oncologists the opportunity to visit MD Anderson Cancer Center's department to observe surgical procedures in the operating room. Participants are also able to attend multidisciplinary treatment planning conferences and weekly fellow didactic programs under the guidance of experts in the field. The volume of surgical procedures scheduled per week varies based on the activities of the faculty members.
Please note that observers do not have clinical privileges and will be unable to participate in the direct care of our patients.
Program applicants must be current members of an orthopedic oncology department and meet the following requirements:
- Must demonstrate a proficiency in English. Visiting privileges may be revoked for candidates unable to demonstrate language competency upon arrival.
- The maximum appointment for an observer is six months.
- Submit a letter of support/intent from the candidate's home institution, which includes the proposed dates of observership and an updated CV.
- If the request is approved, a fee in the amount of $500 will be due for the first month and $200 for each additional month.
How to apply
This program follows the guidelines set forth by MD Anderson Cancer Center's Short-Term Observers Program. All domestic applications must be turned in a minimum of three months prior to the requested date of visit. International visitors are required to submit their applications six months in advance and are responsible for securing their own visa. Applicants are responsible for all travel expenses, room and board while participating in the observership program. The requested dates of visit are not guaranteed and are dependent upon availability of mentors, staff and resources. Some dates will not be available due to scheduled holidays, national and international conferences and availability of hosting mentors.
Once the request is approved, participants must:
- Complete an application through the DISCOVER web-based application system (an account will be set up for the participant). Once the application is submitted, the following documents need to be uploaded:
- Curriculum vitae
- Proof of highest degree (copy of diploma or transcript)
- Letter from a person of authority at the home institution stating how it will benefit their employee/trainee observe at MD Anderson
- Translation of any documents not written in English
- Immunization Certificate Clearance from Castle Branch (instructions available through DISCOVER)
- Recommendation letter
At the conclusion of the observership, the participant will be provided with a letter acknowledging their participation in the MD Anderson Cancer Center's Orthopaedic Oncology Observership Program. A certificate will not be provided.
Maribel D. Martinez
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Orthopaedic Oncology department
P.O. Box 301402 – Unit 1448
Houston, TX 77230-1439