Physician showing chart to students As a service to the community and our future colleagues, TIRR Memorial Hermann – Texas Medical Center provides inpatient observation opportunities for students applying to physical and occupational programs that require observation hours as part of the application process. Observation hours are offered Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 - 4 p.m. This is a distant observation from the mezzanine level which overlooks our main therapy gym. A therapy representative will periodically be available to answer questions. This opportunity allows the observer to gain insight into the facet of therapy services provided for persons with neurological injuries.

What To Expect

On your first day, please come to the therapy gym on the 1st floor and sign in at the therapy assistant’s desk.

Please understand that our number one priority is to the treatment and care of our patients. Even though you are sitting on the mezzanine, you are in an extension of their treatment space and are expected to behave in a respectful manner at all times, specifically:

  • Talking on the phone or texting during observations is not allowed
  • Reading books during observations is not allowed
  • Taking pictures during observations is not allowed
  • Posting on social media sites regarding anything you observe is not allowed

Day of Observation

You may take written notes regarding what you are observing, but they must be in general terms without names or other identifying information. Please do not use an electronic device to take notes. If you are found to not be compliant with the above requests, you will be asked to leave and your observation time will be ended.

Please be aware that voices carry in this treatment space so keep conversations with other observers to a minimum. Please dress with a professional image in mind. Business casual or hospital work attire is appropriate.

Please be advised that this is a distant observation and you will not have enough interaction with therapists to request a letter of recommendation. It will only qualify as observation hours for inpatient rehabilitation. In order to have your hours verified, you must submit your 1) personal hours log; 2) a typed reflection paper at least one week prior to needing your hours signed.

Start Your Registration

Thank you for your interest in TIRR Memorial Hermann Student Observation opportunities. Please fill out the following information about yourself and your areas of interest. Once this is complete, you will be directed to the registration process.

Residency, Internship & Observation