Observerships

The Columbia Ophthalmology Department is pleased to host observers from outside of Columbia University Medical Center throughout the year. Our physicians offer world-class care and our research is internationally recognized. While observers must refrain from "hands-on" patient contact due to hospital regulations, participants are able to  observe first-hand the highest level of medical and surgical ophthalmology. Participants are also encouraged and welcome to take part in research efforts.

All observers must complete the pertinent Visitor Medical Attestation forms (links below). Additionally, an updated immunization record is required confirming PPD testing within the past year and Hepatitis B, measles, mumps, rubella and varicella immunization or immunity. Observers rotating between September and March must document influenza vaccination. Medical attestation forms must be filled out within three months of the observership start date. A second PPD will be required within the month prior to the observership.

There is a $350.00 USD, non-refundable program fee assessed to accepted Observers that goes to cover administrative costs; however, scholarships are available on a case-by-case basis.


Application is not a guarantee of observership. You will receive a response within 4 weeks of application submission. Please contact Denise Abreu with any questions at heiobservership@cumc.columbia.edu.

 

Observership Application Instructions

Observership Application 

        Part I  - Preceptor Solicitation

        Part II  - Upon receipt of Conditional Acceptance, applicants must complete the application process by submitting the following forms, as describbed in the Conditional Acceptance notification. Forms to be completed include: 

Observer Resources

Upon review and satisfactory completion of Phase II of the application process, Applicants will receive official word about whether they have been accepted and verification of their Observership start date.