International Observership Program

International Observership Program


The Cure Glaucoma Foundation (CGF) International Observership Program is designed for ophthalmologists from developing countries to visit Glaucoma Associates of Texas (GAT) in Dallas, Texas ( for a period of several days to 6 weeks to learn the latest clinical and surgical techniques used to treat glaucoma. Fellows are then expected to bring the acquired knowledge and skills back to their home countries and take part in programs to preserve vision and prevent blindness.

Program Objectives

During the program, Observer’s will have the opportunity to work with the GAT physicians on a daily basis providing exposure to a busy surgical and clinical practice by physicians that have all completed a clinical glaucoma fellowship and have extensive additional training and expertise in the comprehensive management of glaucoma. Exposure is provided to large variety of surgical procedures including MIGS as well as other devices currently under active investigation.

Application Requirements

An Applicant must meet the following requirements to be considered:

  • The Applicant must have completed residency and a glaucoma fellowship prior to applying for this supplemental Observership/Fellowship.
  • Applicant must be a licensed ophthalmologist involved with the care of glaucoma patients.
  • Applicant is expected to return to their home country and apply the skill sets acquired during the program.
  • Applicant must be proficient in English.

International Observership Application
Required Documents

  • Scanned copy of passport
  • Scanned copy of Specialist Exam Certificate, Diploma of National Board, Master of Surgery, or equivalent
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • Three Professional References
  • Record of Immunizations
  • Personal Statement
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Visa Documents

International Observers Resources

For those who have been accepted into the program

Visa Requirements

You will need a Visa to travel to the United States. Please follow the links provided to apply for a Visa and to find a U.S Embassy near you.

Financial Matters

Once approved, please notify your bank that you will be traveling abroad. Upon arrival, it is important that you have U.S
dollars and a credit card with you as various forms of payment may be required when making purchases or using local transportation.


Local transportation outside of scheduled program activities may be needed. Taxis, DART buses and Rideshare Apps are available.


The most convenient hotel is Home2 Suites at 8180 Midtown Blvd, Dallas, TX 75231. It is a safe and easy walk to Glaucoma Associates that will only take a few minutes.


A way to communicate with physicians and office is a must. You may bring your own personal phone or purchase a local plan here in the U.S.A.

CDC Information

For the latest travel health
information from the Centeres for
Disease Control (CDC), visit:

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Questions About International Observerships

For questions about the International Observership Program, please write, call or email program contact, Mike Kettles.

Mike Kettles

(+1) 214-765-9716

Cure Glaucoma Foundation
Attn: International Observership Program
10740 N. Central Expressway, Suite 300
Dallas, TX 75231