Visiting physician program
Since the early 1970s, Twin Cities Spine Center has sponsored a visiting physician program. This unique opportunity draws foreign physicians for 1 to 12 months to observe clinical and surgical practices and enhance their own patient care before returning to their home country. More than 170 physicians from 35 countries have participated in the Visiting Physician Program since its inception.
Visitors observe surgery and attend clinics but are not involved in direct patient care. Physicians who visit for a period of six months or more are invited to participate in a research project.
Twin Cities Spine Center (TCSC) is a specialized center for the comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of problems of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine. In addition to patient care, the Center is committed to research and education related to the management of complex spine problems.
Authorized visitors to Twin Cities Spine Center are accepted for the purpose of formal medical education.
When you arrive at Twin Cities Spine Center, you will be assigned a clinical rotation schedule. The selection of physicians for you to follow will be made based on your interests as described to us in your application, the length of time you will be here, and availability of staff physicians. Visitors may observe in the operating rooms but cannot "scrub in" or assist. They may attend clinics at the discretion of the faculty. Some patients request to see only their surgeon and requests for privacy are always respected. Visitors will not provide any direct patient care.
Visitors should attend all weekly teaching conferences and lectures held at Twin Cities Spine Center. Visitors may also attend the Gillette Children's Hospital weekly conference. Visitors are urged to make use of our libraries and teaching films, but they are not to photograph patients or x-rays.
Visitors who plan to be here at least six months are strongly encouraged to conduct a research project. Projects will be selected based on your interests and the length of time you will be here. Consideration will also be given to the other projects being conducted at TCSC in order to avoid duplication of efforts. One of the surgeons will consult with you on your project. Research projects can be agreed upon prior to or shortly after your arrival. Please indicate your research interests in your initial application.
Time spent at Twin Cities Spine Center is designed to be an intensive period of study. It will not be possible to visit other centers while here.
There are several rooming houses and apartment complexes located near the Center. A list will be provided to you so that you may make arrangements for housing. Twin Cities Spine Center is unable to offer stipends. All travel and living expenses must be paid by the visitor. The center will cover any costs of your research project as well as any materials needed for publication of your paper or initial presentation at a conference.
Language: All conferences and daily work are conducted in English. Visitors should not apply unless fluent in English.
Twin Cities Spine Center does not discriminate on the basis of religion, race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, height, weight, marital status or familial status in its programs, activities or in employment.