The Department of Surgery welcomes individuals that are interested in being an Observer, Visiting Scientist, Pre-Baccalaureate Trainee, Professional Trainee or Visiting Student in the various areas of Surgery. The Department of Surgery is comprised of the following disciplines: Trauma, Emergency General Surgery, Burns, Minimally Invasive Surgeons of Texas (MIST), General Surgery, Urology, Plastic Surgery and Organ Transplant. Observing or training in any of these areas will offer a dynamic insight into the daily responsibilities of academic surgeons. UTHealth has a specific process for any of these appointments and that information can be found at There are institution fees required of Foreign Observers and Foreign Professional Trainees and depending upon which area you choose, there may be an additional departmental fee. If you would like to apply, please note that you are responsible for securing your own sponsor related to observing or training in each area of specialty. Once you have secured your sponsor, please contact the Department of Surgery at 713-500-7200, for assistance in finalizing and submitting the application.