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Academic Visitor Program

Please be aware that until further notice, HSS has suspended all academic and research visits.



The Academic Visitor Program coordinates observerships at Hospital for Special Surgery for physicians, students, and allied health care professionals.

Our mission is to enhance Academic Visitors' knowledge and understanding of musculoskeletal health and high-quality patient care.

Observerships are informal, non-accredited visits, designed for individuals wishing to observe surgical and clinical care at HSS. Observerships range from one day to two months and are largely structured according to the desires of the visitor and hosting physician.

The Academic Visitor Program allows participants to:

  • Network with top-tier professionals in the field of musculoskeletal health.
  • Observe state-of the-art operating room technology and patient care settings
  • Access to Kim Barrett Memorial Library (Monday through Friday from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm) for research, photocopy, computer/workstation, CDs, DVDs, periodicals, journals
  • Attend and use a variety of onsite professional education activities and facilities, including:

Due to a growing number of requests, applications are only accepted from individuals with a confirmed HSS host. To apply to the Academic Visitor Program, first secure a host. Have your host complete, sign, and return the host form to the Education Institute. When we receive your approved host form, an application will be emailed to you. Please continue to the Academic Visitor Program guidelines or FAQ page for more information.


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