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Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation - Education

Houston, Texas

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Observer Requirements

The following guidelines are for the DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICAL MEDICINE & REHABILITATION only. Should you have an interest in observing other departments, you are required to contact the department directly for eligibility.

Observation is defined in the strictest sense: watching and listening with no patient contact. As an observer, individuals are able to attend Grand Rounds, observe attending physicians, and participate in conferences and/or teaching seminars.

Observers are not permitted any direct physical patient contact or to perform any patient services in either a clinical or research capacity. Baylor College of Medicine and The University of Texas Medical School at Houston policy prohibits observers from entering labs or engaging in research of any kind.

Observers are not eligible to apply for a physician-in-training permit to practice medicine in the State of Texas or for malpractice insurance. No certificate is given for observations. However, the Department may provide a letter confirming that an individual observed in a specific area at Baylor College of Medicine, The University of Texas Medical School and its affiliated hospitals.

These opportunities are available during the months August – May and are usually one month in duration. An application for observership must be submitted at least 90 days in advance of requested start date.

Basic Requirements for International Applicant(s):

  • Able to understand, write and speak English – telephone interview with Coordinator required.
  • Graphical Data Form for International Visitors
  • International Visitor Immunization Record Form
  • Notarized copy of medical school diploma (NOTE: if the original diploma is in a foreign language, a certified translation must accompany the diploma)
  • International Visitor-Observer Form signed upon arrival
  • Visa B-1/B-2 Observer Fee – US money order payable to Baylor College of Medicine – International Services upon arrival

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