Observerships

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Columbia Ophthalmology Department is pleased to host observers from outside of Columbia University Medical Center throughout the year. Our faculty offers 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 in specialty areas including: 


HOW TO APPLY

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 USD, non-refundable program fee assessed to accepted observers 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.

Applications will only be accepted within 6 months of the requested start date.  

Please contact Denise Abreu with any questions at heiobservership@cumc.columbia.edu.

 


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Observership Application Instructions

Observership Application 

Part I  - Complete Observership Preceptor Solicitation

  • Observership Application - Click the link to take the first step in the application process, to be paired with a preceptor.

Part II - Pay Observership Fee   

Pay a nonrefundable, $350 USD program fee for credentials processing Once you have been notified of your successful preceptor pairing.

       PAY BY CREDIT CARD


Part III - Complete Forms

Upon receipt of conditional acceptance, applicants must complete the application process by submitting the program fee payment receipt, with the appropriate completed forms, as described in the Conditional Acceptance notification. Also, each applicant is required to undergo a background check from General Information Services, Inc., and must complete and return all forms listed in one of three categories that best suits your status, as follows:

  1. CLINICAL OBSERVER
  2. RESIDENT IN AN ACCREDITED GME PROGRAM, OR
  3. NON-AFFILIATED VISITOR

  1. CLINICAL OBSERVER PROGRAM APPLICATION

 Submit a copy of each:

  • Your curriculum vitae 
  • A government issued ID
  • Two (2) letters of professional reference from director-level references at your home institution

Complete, sign and return:

 

​2. RESIDENTS AND FELLOWS - OBSERVERSHIP APPLICATION

Obtain and remit a letter from your home (sponsoring) institution confirming that they will be responsible for the cost of your salary, fringe and malpractice insurance during your Observership at NYPH. The letter must also include your current appointment status at your home institution and the dates of your Observership.

Submit a copy of your curriculum vitae. 

Complete, sign and return:

 

3. NON-AFFILIATED VISITORS APPLICATION

“Non-Affiliated Visitors” may include high school students, visiting undergraduates, post-baccalaureates, and other observers (who observe but do not practice research or clinical techniques or processes) or trainees (who receive training in research or clinical techniques or processes, including practice with appropriate supervision). 

Submit a copy of your curriculum vitae. 

Complete, sign and return: 

All documents must be in PDF format as one document, please do not send cell photos.​


Additional Observer Resources

Upon review and satisfactory completion of Part II of the application process, applicants will receive official word about whether they have been accepted as well as verification of the Observership start date.