Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery Academic Observership
The Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery Academic Observership program offers physicians from around the world hands-on experience and insight into the latest technical advances, medical practices, and surgical techniques through work and study at NYU Langone.
Physicians attend didactic educational lectures, grand rounds, and tumor boards, as well as observe clinical office sessions and procedures in the operating room.
We offer academic observerships in all otolaryngology—head and neck surgery subspecialties, including otology, neurotology and skull base surgery, laryngology, head and neck surgery, pediatric otolaryngology, facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, rhinology and endoscopic skull base surgery, and general otolaryngology and sleep surgery.
In accordance with institutional policy, all observer visits are limited to a maximum of 30 days.
How to Apply
To apply for an Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery Academic Observership, candidates must complete the NYU Langone Academic Observer Agreement form and provide the following application materials:
- an up-to-date CV
- proof of relevant advanced degrees, which include MD, DDS, physician assistant certification, and research doctorate
- a copy of your government-issued photo identification (license or passport)
- a B-1 visa for candidates who are applying from outside of the United States
There is a one-time application fee of $125 to cover the costs of administrative processing, scrubs, and your NYU Langone ID card. Physicians who wish to observe in the Division of Otology, Neurotology, and Skull Base Surgery have the option of paying an additional $350 to access our surgical skills lab and purchase a temporal bone to use for drilling.
Additionally, up-to-date documentation for the following vaccines, immunizations, and screenings is required:
- tuberculosis screening in the year before the observation period
- immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) with live MMR vaccine or laboratory evidence of immunity
- history of varicella, positive immune titer for varicella, or two varicella vaccinations
- a positive hepatitis B immune response, a completed hepatitis immunization series, or a signed declination
- receipt of influenza vaccines
- tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis vaccinations (only required for observerships that extend beyond two weeks)
NYU Langone requires all international observers to obtain either a B-1 visa or visa waiver business status (dependent on your country of citizenship). Those applying for an observership from outside of the United States must receive clearance from the Human Resources Immigration Office after they’ve been approved by the Chief Medical Officer.
All observerships are reviewed and approved by department chair, J. Thomas Roland Jr., MD. NYU Langone’s chief medical officer, Fritz Francois, MD, grants final approval. Participants do not receive academic credit for this experience, but we provide a certificate of completion upon request.
For more information about the Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery Academic Observership program and application, please contact Francesca Ciofalo, administrative coordinator, at email@example.com.