Cleveland Clinic

Endocrine Surgery



Advanced hands-on training in endocrine surgery is offered by Cleveland Clinic's Department of Endocrine Surgery under the preceptorship of Eren Berber, MD.

Purpose of the program is:
  • To teach visiting surgeons the advances in the field of endocrine surgery.
  • To demonstrate how standard endocrine surgical procedures, such as thyroidectomy, parathyroidectomy, and adrenalectomy are done in a safe fashion.
  • To illustrate the appropriate cost-effective work up of endocrine surgical pathologies.
  • To demonstrate how ultrasound could be used in an endocrine surgical practice.
Objectives of the program:
  • To learn the standard work up of patients with thyroid nodules, hyperparathyroidism and adrenal nodules.
  • To learn how these patients should be prepared for surgery.
  • To learn how to perform surgical ultrasound.
  • To learn how standard endocrine surgical procedures (thyroidectomy, parathyroidectomy and adrenalectomy) are done.
Sample weekly schedule:
  • Monday: OR
  • Tuesday: OR
  • Wednesday: Full day clinic
  • Thursday: Half day clinic
  • Friday: OR
In addition, Monday morning 7-8 AM, Wednesday 5-6 PM, Thursday 5-6 PM there may be conferences on thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal patients.

Please note: Case volume is estimated and may vary depending on scheduling and staff availability.


Applicants must: 
  • Be board-certified or board-eligible general surgeons who routinely perform basic laparoscopic procedures
  • Be licensed in the state of Ohio or eligible to apply for a Special Activities Permit from the Ohio State Medical Board
  • Have practicing privileges in their parent institution
  • Provide a statement of goals and expectations, along with the application
International Applicants:
  • To participate, non-citizen physicians can only participate if they already have U.S. employment authorization e.g. Green Card, Temporary Protected Status, Refugee or Asylee status, or any other status which permits them to work in the U.S. without employer sponsorship.
  • If you do have current U.S. employment authorization, as an international physician, you must also be ECFMG certified, having taken USMLE 1-3, in order to participate.
  • If you only have ECFMG, then you will need to have actively practiced medicine in the U.S. for the last 2 years, or have been in an ACGME training program within the last 2 years.
  • If you have not done either of those items, then you must complete all parts of USMLE to be eligible for Special Activities License.
  • If you meet these qualificiations, then we can proceed with your application for the CAST program.
  • If not, you will be directed to the International Observership program and they will be able to explain the opportunities available to you there.
  • One week: $5,000
  • Two weeks: $10,000
  • Three weeks: $15,000
  • Four weeks: $20,000
  • Five weeks: $25, 000
  • Six weeks: $30,000
  • Seven weeks: $35,000
  • Eight weeks: $40,000
**Please note that you will have the option to split up your training weeks throughout the year, if necessary.

**In the event that you need to cancel after payment has been received, application has been approved, and onboarding has begun, you will incur a cancellation fee of 30% of your tuition. The remaining balance (70%) will be reimbursed back to you.
The first step is to complete and submit this pre-application form

Our office will contact you shortly thereafter.