General Surgery Observership Program

The Department of Surgery offers a one month observership for residents and or medical students whose medical school does not have an affiliation with Columbia University.

Please note that this observership is a no-patient-contact, nor computer access program.  It is strictly an observership.  Once completed you will receive certificate of observership completion.

You will first need to obtain approval from one of our surgical attendings.  Please send an email to the surgical attending of your choice, along with your CV and letter of recommendation requesting an observership.  If you receive an approval please forward it to me and I will send you the proper registration forms, which will require a background check and two medical surveillance screenings. To request a list of surgical attendings, please email Doris Leddy at

Our one-month observership processing fee is $1,000.00, or $250.00 per week, which must be paid by a US bank check, or US money order made out to the Department of Surgery, Columbia University, upon your arrival. 

If you are interested please contact Doris Leddy: