Clinical Observerships in The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth)

  • Posted on: Tue, 01/26/2016 - 22:26
  • By: OCHIS
OCHIS Insight: The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) is the most comprehensive academic health center in the UT System and the U.S. Gulf Coast region, which include Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and Harris Health Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital. With more than 900 physicians certified in more than 80 specialties in the medical center, the observer program in designed on individual basis by the department and researchers. Over 15 departments have openings for observerships, with friendly application fees and zero further fee during the time in the program. The life expenses in Texas is very low, making the already-low cost program more attractive than other top hospitals in the east coast. Besides, there are unique opportunities for looking into medical humanities and patient care other than conventional clinical practice. OCHIS suggests physicians who prefer exclusive schedule approach potential departments earlier before application.

Clinical Observer/Trainee/Visiting Scientist Program

Introduction: The Hospital allows visitors to come through clinical and research areas in compliance with rules and regulations promulgated by EVP Academic & Research. Faculty members in each division can be found on the individual division websites or the faculty listing page. The department does not provide names or contact information of the faculty.

Here OCHIS provide the list of departments that have openings for observership:

  • Cardiology
  • Pulmonary
  • Rheumatology
  • Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology
  • Hematology
  • Infectious Disease
  • Neonatology
  • Developmental Pedi
  • Genetics
  • Pediatric Research Center
  • Adolescent Medicine
  • Allergy & Immunology

Requirements: In order to begin the visitor process, you will need to secure an application from your faculty sponsor.Items required to be turned in but not listed on the application checklist are as follows:

  • C.V.( English, listing academic history, certification, lisensures, employments, and training experience)
  • Health forms to be submitted to UTHSC-H
  • For visiting scientist: a letter from applicant's home institution, confirming enrollment, good standing and education requirement
  • Full and detailed CV and list of publications

Length: Up to 2 month for observership

Fees: $500 (Departmental processing charge)+ additional subdivision fees (i.e.: $300 for Cardiology) + $750.00 for non U.S. citizens application applying observers

How to apply: Original completed applications should be submitted to Monica Garcia via delivery or mail and must be submitted at least 4 weeks in advance of the desired start date. Each visitor is charged a fee per application. A schedule of fees is listed in the “Fee Schedule” page. Only money orders are acceptable.

  1. The first step in obtaining an observership with the UT Health is to secure faculty sponsorship. The department does not have a list of faculty that regularly accept observers. It is the responsibility of the applicant to research faculty and reach out, either by email or by phone, the physician and explain that he/she is looking for that particular physician to sponsor them.
  2. Once the applicant has obtained a faculty sponsor, the applicant must review the application instructions to determine which category is appropriate for the applicant to apply under. This needs to be discussed with the faculty sponsor before completing the application. Beginning with the first page of the application (not including the directions), the applicant must complete pages 1-4 and attach all supporting documentation, as outlined by the application.
  3. Once the applicant has completed his/her portion, the entire application must be forwarded to the faculty sponsor for completion of the faculty sponsor portion (pages 5-6; if applicable, the Pre-Baccalaureate/Professional Trainee Plan).
  4. Upon completion of the application by the applicant and faculty sponsor, the entire application, with the appropriate fees, should be forwarded to Monica Garcia for signature by the Vice Chair for Education.
  5. Once the application has been signed by the Vice Chair, it will be returned to the Faculty Sponsor for further processing.

***** Applications submitted less than 4 weeks in advance of the desired start date will be returned without review.

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Medical Humanities Visiting Scholars Program

Introduction: The Institute seeks visiting scholars to carry out projects in humanities disciplines that will deepen understanding of, and develop pedagogical approaches to, topics in the medical humanities. The program can offer a stipend of $4,000 per month which is subject to withholding's for income tax, unemployment tax, and social security as mandated by the federal government and the state of Texas. Benefits, housing, childcare, and travel subsidies are not available.

Requirement: Visiting Scholars will be selected on the basis of the significance of the proposed project, the strength of their proposals outlining a plan of work for the period of residency, and the likelihood that projects will enhance the Institute's teaching and research programs and contribute to the visiting scholar's future teaching and writing.

  • scholars are expected to with a Ph.D. or other terminal degree in their disciplines from the full range of humanities disciplines. Graduate students are not eligible.
  • a formal proposal that details plans for the period of residency that is being proposed
  • all international applicants will be required to obtain a J-1 visa that allows you to work in the United States.This includes credentialing of all degrees.

Length: 2-9 months

Fees: Not applicable

How to apply: If submitting to by regular mail you can send to Dr. Winslade's attention at the address noted below. If sending by e-mail, please send to Donna Vickers,


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