We believe that education is ongoing. To that end, we offer licensed medical doctors the opportunity to participate in an observership. This educational opportunity enables you to shadow a surgical faculty member, observing patient histories, physical examinations, procedures, surgeries, outpatient appointments, teaching rounds, and educational conferences. An observership does not involve participating in direct or indirect patient care, management, or medical training. You do not receive any academic credit, nor does an observership have any bearing on any pending or future internship, residency, or fellowship application.

Observers are:

  • Required to have a Mount Sinai Department of Surgery faculty sponsor
  • Limited to 14 days in the Department of Surgery at the Mount Sinai Health System
  • Not eligible for visa sponsorship
  • Not permitted to have any patient contact
  • Not allowed to receive any compensation while they are here
  • Required to clear HIPAA, Employee Health Service health screening, and toxicology

How to Apply

We are extremely selective in choosing participants for our observerships. You must be sponsored by the current faculty member whom you want to observe in the operating room. Once you receive approval from the faculty sponsor, please complete the application and submit the following supplemental documents:

  • A copy of a government-issued biographic photo identification (passport or U.S. driver’s license) and visa
  • Curriculum vitae or two-page summary of educational and professional accomplishments
  • Letter of support from your current institution
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Copy of your current medical license
  • Documentation of tests administered within three months proving that you do not have tuberculosis (e.g., a negative purified protein derivative skin test, or PPD); if you do have a positive PPD, we request that you have a chest x-ray within six months of coming to our program
  • Proof of measles, mumps, rubella and varicella (chicken pox) immunity within five years
  • Documentation stating that you have had a physical exam indicating good general health in the past year
  • Copy of your medical diploma

Review Process

We review all applications on a first-come, first-served basis, in consultation with the sponsoring faculty member. When we accept an applicant, we give you a letter outlining the parameters of the observership and the length of time you can be on campus.

Observers from Outside the United States

Foreign observers must report to the International Personnel Office upon their arrival and provide them with the following documents:

  • Copy of the biographic page of your passport
  • Copy of your visa from passport
  • Copy of the front and back of Form I-94 (arrival/departure card)
  • Proof/verification of your professional qualifications
  • Proof that you have received employee health and HIPAA clearance

Once you are cleared by Employee Health Service and HIPAA, our security department will issue a temporary ID badge.