Allied Health Observership

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Cleveland Clinic Florida Global Health Center and International Medical Education offers Allied Health Professionals the opportunity to observe several medical departments for a period of time. The participant will experience the Cleveland Clinic model of care and have the opportunity to observe innovations in medicine and surgery, cutting-edge procedures and advanced medical technologies.

For additional information, please email flahealthobserver@ccf.org

  • Anesthesiology Assistants
  • Audiologists
  • Case Managers
  • CRN Anesthesiologists
  • Dietitian/Nutritionists
  • Exercise Physiologists
  • Histologists
  • Medical Technologists
  • Perfusionist
  • Pharmacist
  • Physician Assistants
  • Physical Therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Speech Therapists
  • Surgical Technicians

Your application will be processed upon receipt of your application, application fee and all required documents. Required documents include a curriculum vitae (CV) and current photograph (passport size preferred; color or black & white, or a copy of your driver’s license/passport). Foreign observers require a valid B-1, B-2, J-1, H-1b, or O-1 visa. If additional information is needed, you will be notified by email. This process will take approximately 15-30 days from the time the application and supporting materials are received.

Observers in all fields require proof of the following immunizations

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

Activities

As an observer, you may observe surgeries, medical procedures and physicals, as well as review patient histories. You may attend patient rounds and any continuing medical education programs. You may not scrub in and you may not participate in patient care or research. You may only observe.

Where to Report

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

Identification Badge

At orientation, you will receive a temporary photo ID badge. You must wear this badge at all times while on Cleveland Clinic. 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 and will be responsible for bringing their own white lab coat.

HIPAA Privacy & Confidentiality

Observers are required to watch the following video. A HIPAA video viewed confirmation form has to be signed prior to the Observership. http://my.clevelandclinic.org/florida/education/observerships.aspx

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

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

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

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

Housing

No housing is provided. However, the observer can stay at hotels with Cleveland Clinic Florida agreement or renting rooms/apartments to Cleveland Clinic Florida visitors. The coordinator will provide a list of these accommodations.

Cancellation Policy

Once the rotation has been confirmed, the observers are expected to complete heir delegated Observership. If cancellation is unavoidable, please a notification has to be submitted in writing at least 30 days before the Observership is scheduled to begin. The $250 application fee is non-refundable.

Medical Library

The A. Lorraine and Sigmund Goldblatt Medical Library are 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.

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

Questions about the Observership or if a problem arises, contact the Global Health Center and International Medical Education and speak with the Observership Director. We can be reached at 954.659.5077.

We look forward to your Observership 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 Global Health Center office. We will be happy to assist you in any way we can.

Cleveland Clinic Florida reserves the right to terminate an observer’s participation 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.

Contact the Global Health Center & International Medical Education if you need additional information.

Cleveland Clinic Global Health Center & International Medical Education
Allied Health Observership Program
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard, 4th Floor
Weston, Florida 33331 - USA
Phone: 954.659.5077
Email: flahealthobserver@ccf.org  

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