Enhance Your Learning and Exposure
The Department of Internal Medicine is pleased to offer avid learners the opportunity to shadow our team during work rounds to enhance their learning and exposure to Internal Medicine. This is a hands-off shadowing experience, as per policy set forth by Texas Tech School of Medicine. Learners will have the opportunity to observe medicine physician's interaction with patients (with the patient's permission), engaging in thoughtful discussion of clinical cases, reviewing medical literature, enhancing clinical knowledge, and experiencing teamwork involved in care for our patients with opportunities of scholarly activities.
Dr. J. Drew Payne, DO FACP
Division of Internal Medicine
- Individuals who are graduates from an approved medical school and aspire to participate in a learning experience.
- Individual will be required to provide proof US Citizenship or a Sponsored visa during the onboarding process.
- Must have an ECFMG certificate on file within 4 weeks of the start of rotation or LCME Accredited Medical School Diploma.
- Medical School Transcript
- USMLE Score Report
- Current Curriculum Vitae
- Non refundable application fee (upon approval of observership) - $250. This application fee includes mal-practice or liability coverage required by TTUHSC.
- Criminal Background Check fee - Approximately $50 to $150 dollars depending extent of search per individual.
- Observership Fee based on length of observership
- Two week - $1000
- Four week - $2000
Observership Dates Available:
- March 2023 (2 or 4 week slots available)
- September 2023 (2 or 4 week slots available)
- October 2023 (2 or 4 week slots available)
- November 2023 (2 or 4 week slots available)
- December 2023 (2 or 4 week slots available)
- January to December 2024
*Dates that are not listed are full and have waiting lists.
Below are the three facilities that the observer access during their observership with the department. Each of these facilities are teaching facilities and/ academic facilities used by GME programs in Lubbock, Texas but they are all connected physically so travel and transportation is not required.
- Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
- University Medical Center
- Texas Tech Physician -Internal Medicine
- To familiarize learners with the U.S. medical system.
- To become proficient in presentation of patients on daily rounds.
- To gain experience working in a multidisciplinary healthcare team.
- To learn how to interpret basic lab tests and radiology data such as blood, urine serum, X-rays, etc.
- Individuals who FMG graduates and aspire to participate in a learning experience shall
apply online and communicate with the program coordinator directly to apply for an
Observership. Direct link to our application is https://app4.ttuhsc.edu/Observerships. Please have the following documents ready to submit with your application:
- Current CV/Resume *
- ECFMG certificate
- Headshot (for badging purposes)^
- Letter of Recommendation*
- Medical School Transcript (Unofficial copy is sufficient)*
- COVID Vaccine (copy of immunization card)
- USMLE score reports*
* indicates this document is required at time of the application submission. All others without an * are required to be uploaded to your application at least 4 weeks prior to the start of your observership start date.
After you receive the email stating that your observership is approved,
- An email will be sent that includes the approved dates (not always the same as what you requested) and a link to pay the application fee (confirm dates and make the application fee payment by deadline. Once application fee is received:
- If application fee is received and dates confirmed by the deadline, observer will receive an email that includes, background check link, payment link, onboarding documents (passport or social, badge & parking form, and notification of any other missing documents needed.
- CBC clearance report, Observer fee, and onboarding documents should be received by the deadline before you can begin your observership.
- Additional documentation as pertinent to the learner and their experience may also be required.
- In keeping with CDC guidelines, TTUHSC is issuing new instructions for students/learners who will need to enter UK HealthCare facilities. Students will be asked to complete an electronic screening survey prior to entry each time as well as wear a universal mask and comply with social distancing guidelines. See the COVID protocol link for details.
- Our objective with this protocol is to ensure the safety of all who enter our facilities and to minimize the risk of transmission of SARS-CoV-2.
Shall not begin their learning experience until approved by Observation and Learning Experience or one of the partnering areas listed below:
- SOM – GME office shall onboard all postgraduates for observations.
- Will be assigned a sponsor or preceptor that is a current, active TTUHSC employee and is not a relative.
- Learners subject to US visa requirements or restrictions may only participate in experiences during the approved dates listed on their valid official visa documents.
- Shall be subject to TTUHSC policies and procedures, and to applicable federal, state, and local laws that may apply to their activities.
- Shall wear their identification badge and companion badge at all times during their learning experience.
- Shall be 16 years of age or an individual who is at least 14 years of age and is affiliated with an educational program approved by Observation and Learning Experience for observation experiences.
- Shall be 16 years of age to enter an operating room (OR) and the Emergency Department (ED).
- Shall not participate in more than two observation experience exceeding 8 weeks in duration unless approved by SOM, GME and Observership Program Director.
- Shall not engage in activities other than observing/shadowing. Shadowing does not
include the following:
- Direct patient care;
- Hospital or ambulatory clinic privileges;
- Providing consultation or advice related to patient care; and
- Performing work related activities.
- This includes, but is not limited to: interviewing patients, examining patients, and/or accessing patient medical records without proper consent.