Observership Program

Florida Hospital Institute for Surgical Advancement offers physicians from around the world the opportunity to observe our surgical and procedural physicians and residents in practice. The Observership Program provides insight into the day-to-day responsibilities of Florida Hospital physicians in their respective specialties. For more information about Florida Hospital Institute for Surgical Advancement's Observership Program, contact us or email us at

Observership Program Specialties

  • Bariatric Surgery
  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Cardiology
  • Colorectal Surgery
  • Gastroenterology
  • Gastrointestinal Surgery
  • General Surgery
  • Gynecology Oncology
  • Pancreatic Surgery
  • Surgical Oncology
  • Urology

* Robotic surgery is used in some specialties.  Contact us for more details.

The Observership Program offers 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.


In order to obtain the case observation application contact us.  In the message box, indicate your preference of specialty and dates available. Our observership program can last up to six months and can be renewed for an additional six months with the consent of the supervising physician.  Once you “Submit” this information, we will send you the case observation application for your completion to begin the process.


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 observation, you will be offered the next available date. You may ask questions about the program or check the status of your application by sending an email to:


For observers in all specialties, attached to their applications, we require proof of immunizations.


Please include the following proof of up-to-date immunizations:

  • Documentation of a negative PPD results within the last 2 months.
  • Completed HRF (Health Review Form).
  • Chest x-ray report dated within 1 year for any positive PPD or positive QFT.
    • ​Results of a Quantiferon blood test (QFT). 
    • ​​​Positive QFT would need a supporting negative or normal chest r-ray report.
  • Proof of immunity for Rubella and Rubeola and Varicella in the form of documented shots or titer results. For Varicella we can take a verbal hx that they had the disease. (Needs first and second set – Needs to take second dose within a month of the first dose).
  • Hep B series or declination.
  • Documentation of Tdap vaccine or sign a declination form.

*International observers need a valid B-1, B-2, J-1, H-1b, or O-1 visa


Other required documents include:

  • Curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Current state driver’s license, state identification, or 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 participate in patient care. You may only observe.


You will be responsible for your housing and expenses during your time here.  Florida Hospital does not provide remuneration for this type of educational experience.

Identification Badges

At your orientation, you will receive a temporary ID badge. You must wear this badge at all times while on Florida Hospital premises.

Dress Code

Observers are expected to dress in a professional manner. T-shirts, jeans, cutoffs, sneakers, 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 Florida Hospital. You will be responsible for bringing your own white lab coat.

HIPAA Privacy & Confidentiality

You will be given a HIPAA acknowledgement form in your application packet to sign and return to us.


Parking is provided at no charge. Observers must park between floors 4-7 of the McRae Parking Garage.

Working Hours

You will usually observe anytime between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday but this can fluctuate by specialty and physician. Your supervising physician will assign your observing hours.


For your convenience, Florida Hospital has two cafeterias with a wide range of food selections to choose from.  They take cash and all major credit cards as forms of payment. 


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

Cancellation Policy

Once your observation has been confirmed by email, you are expected to complete it. If cancellation is unavoidable, please submit your notification in writing at least 30 days before your observership is scheduled to begin.


Please contact us for more information or further details.

General Questions

If you have questions about your observership or if a problem arises, contact us or call (407) 303-3234.

We look forward to your time with us. 

Florida Hospital reserves the right to terminate an observer’s observation 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.