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Observerships

Cleveland Clinic Florida offers physicians from around the world the opportunity to observe our physicians and residents in practice. The Observership Program provides insight into the day-to-day responsibilities of Cleveland Clinic physicians in their respective specialties. For more information about Cleveland Clinic Florida's Observership Program, please email FlaObservers@ccf.org.

Cleveland Clinic Florida Global Health Center and International Medical Education offers Allied Health Professionals the opportunity to observe several medical departments. For more information, please visit the Allied Health Observership webpage  or email flahealthobserver@ccf.org.

Observership Programs (Physicians)

  • Cardiology
  • Colorectal Surgery
  • Critical Care /ICU (Pulmonary)
  • Breast Surgery
  • Endocrinology
  • Family Practice
  • Gastroenterology
  • General Surgery
  • Infectious Disease
  • Nephrology & Hypertension
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Otolaryngology
  • Radiology
  • Urogynecology
  • Urology
  • Internal Medicine

Application Process

The Observership Program offers an orientation to Cleveland Clinic Florida’s model of health care excellence and teamwork in an environment that, in addition to its clinical focus, includes opportunities to participate in research and education.

On the program application, please indicate your preference of rotations and dates available. Our rotations last 4 weeks and can be renewed for an additional 4 weeks with the consent of the supervising physician. The maximum rotation for observers is a 2-month period.

There is a $500.00 application fee which is non-refundable. Checks should be made payable to Cleveland Clinic Florida. In addition to the application fee we require a weekly tuition fee in the amount of $100.00. This fee can be paid on or before starting your rotation.

You will be notified in writing either that your request has been accepted or that we cannot accommodate it at the time. If we are unable to provide your requested rotation, you will be offered the next available rotation date. You may ask questions about the program or check the status of your application by sending email to the Observership Program Office at FlaObservers@ccf.org.

Upon receipt of your application, application fee and required documents to include proof of up-to-date immunizations, Overseas observer need a valid B-1, B-2, J-1, H-1b, or O-1 visa. The required documents include a curriculum vitae (CV) and current photograph (passport size preferred; color or black & white, or a copy of your drivers license/passport). Your application will not be processed until you have submitted all of the required documents. If additional information is needed, you will be notified by email. This process will take approximately 15-30 days from the time received.

As an observer, you may watch procedures, surgeries, patient histories and physicals; and you may attend patient rounds and teaching conferences. You may not scrub in, and you may not participate in patient care or research. You may only observe.

For observers in all specialties, we require proof of the following immunizations:

  1. Varicella, rubella, titers, and/or immunizations MMR (mumps, measles and rubella)
  2. Recent documented TB test or recent chest X-ray (<1year) if known TB positive
  3. Proof of hepatitis B immunity (serology)

Where to Report

This information will be sent to you in a confirmation letter prior to your start date.

Identification Badges

At your orientation, you will receive a temporary photo ID badge. You must wear this badge at all times while on Cleveland Clinic Florida premises. A $20.00 deposit is required for the ID badge; this deposit will be reimbursed when you return your badge at the end of your observership.

Dress Code

Observers are expected to dress in a professional manner. T-shirts, jeans, cutoffs, open-toe shoes, and other casual articles of clothing are not permitted. We recommend that you wear comfortable shoes.

Observers must wear a white lab coat while on the premises of Cleveland Clinic Florida. You will be responsible for bringing your own white lab coat.

HIPAA Privacy & Confidentiality

Observers are required to watch the video located below. You will be given a HIPAA attestation form to sign prior to your rotation.

Parking

Parking is provided at no charge. Observers must register their cars (make, model, year, and license plate number) with Cleveland Clinic Florida Security/Facilities by completing a form on the first day of orientation. When parking at Cleveland Clinic Florida, you must display your temporary parking permit on your car’s dashboard. Observers must park in the overflow parking lot (please refer to the parking map that you will receive on the first day of orientation).

Working Hours

Clinic (outpatient) services are usually provided from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Hospital services vary in each department. Your department coordinator will assign your working hours.

Meals

You will be responsible for paying for your own meals. Cleveland Clinic Cafe, located on the 1st floor of the hospital, is open during the following hours:

Monday – Friday:
7 a.m. – 10 a.m. – Hot Breakfast
11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. – Lunch & Dinner

Weekends & Holidays:
7 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Continental Breakfast
11:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. – Lunch & Dinner

Housing

Housing is not provided for observers. You will be responsible for your own accommodations. At your request, the program coordinator will provide you with a list of accommodations in the area.

Cancellation Policy

Once your rotation has been confirmed by email, you are expected to complete your delegated observership. If cancellation is unavoidable, please submit your notification in writing at least 30 days before your observership is scheduled to begin. Please be aware that your $500 application fee is non-refundable.

Medical Library

The A. Lorraine and Sigmund Goldblatt Medical Library is located on the first floor of the clinic. Books and journals do not circulate and are to be used in the library. Computer workstations are available to access Medline and other Internet library resources. The library is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is no after-hours access.

Scientific Publications

The Medical Library Department produces the Clinic Journal of Medicine. To obtain current or back issues of the journal, please visit the library. You may also be placed on the journal’s mailing list however; there is a charge for subscriptions. For more information, contact the medical library office at 216.444.2662.

Teaching Conferences & Postgraduate Courses

The following conferences are open to observers and visitors of Cleveland Clinic Florida

Medical Grand Rounds

Noon – 1 p.m., every Wednesday
Jagelman Conference Center Rooms 1-2

Surgical Grand Rounds

7 a.m. – 8 a.m., last Thursday of the month
Jagelman Conference Center Rooms 1-2

General Questions

If you have questions about your rotation or if a problem arises, please contact the Department of Graduate Medical Education and speak with the Observership Coordinator. We can be reached at 954.659.6418

We look forward to your rotation and hope your stay with us is an educationally rewarding one. If you have any questions that we did not answer here, please feel free to contact the Research and Education Office – we will be happy to assist you in any way we can.

Cleveland Clinic Florida reserves the right to terminate an observer’s rotation at any time in the event that the observer’s performance jeopardizes a patient’s well-being or if the observer is unable to achieve the objectives of the educational experience.

Further Information

Please contact the Department of Graduate Medical Eduation if you need additional information.

Graduate Medical Education

Cleveland Clinic Florida
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard
Weston, Florida 33331
Phone: 954.659.6418

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