Observership Program

Observership Program

Director of Observership: Danish Bhatti, MD




The purpose of this program is to provide an insight into the working of a clinical neurology program in US. This will provide a basic overview and some exposure to Neurology likely to be helpful in the future.




Observer will be the term used for all qualified medical students or physicians who have trained outside of the United States and are accepted into the observership program. 


Minimum requirements for observer includes:

  1. Graduation from a medical school listed in the International Medical Education Directory (medical students may be accepted in some circumstances but are encouraged to look into clinical electives available through medical schools).
  2. Able to converse in the English language.
  3. An interest in Neurology is preferred but not required (as shown by past experiences).

The observer is NOT allowed direct patient contact including history taking, physical examination and other ways. The observer is NOT allowed to partake in clinical decision making or execution of the clinical plans. 


The observers are encouraged to answer medical knowledge questions and to present on medical topics related to Neurology.




Currently, the Observership is limited to 4 weeks. An extended duration may be reviewed on a case by case basis and is at the discretion of the Department of Neurological Sciences. A shorter duration is not presently available.


The Rotation


The observers will rotate through inpatient Neurology and attend the rounds. They may also get an opportunity to spend time in The Nebraska Epilepsy Center, Neurophysiology labs, and Neuro-procedure clinics (if interested). Clinic exposure to multiple subspecialty clinics (Movement Disorders, Multiple Sclerosis, Stroke, Neuromuscular, Epilepsy) is also available. The observers will have opportunities to attend conferences including Grand Rounds and resident noon conferences.




If you are accepted after we review your application, there will be a non-refundable fee of $1000.

No benefits, salary or stipends are provided to the observers. This is a non-funded program.

There is no lodging provided for the observers. Each applicant is responsible for providing their own medical insurance. 




Applicants are responsible for obtaining the proper visa status to be able to join the observership program. The University of Nebraska Medical Center does not sponsor or advise you in this regard.


Application Process


 Required Documents:

 The following documents are required and applicant will not be considered without them:

  1. Observership Application along with a passport photo
  2. Resume
  3. Med Staff Forms (signed)
  4. Letter of Interest (reviewed carefully)
  5. Visa (legal status for foreign visitor)
  6. Passport (if a foreign visitor)
  7. Provide proof of health and medical evacuation insurance that covers U.S. visit

Supporting Documents:

These are optional but are considered and weighted towards the final decision. The application can be considered without supporting documents, but may have a lesser chance of approval:

  1. USMLE Scores
  2. Medical Transcript
  3. Letters of Recommendations (3)

You can email the required and supporting documents to Michele Adkins:

Please send hard copies to:

Michele Adkins
Department of Neurological Sciences
University of Nebraska Medical Center
988435 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-8435

Medical Staff Office will have to get their requirements fulfilled before any Observership can begin, including: Privacy, Confidentiality & Security of Patient Proprietary Information; Visiting Staff Agreement of Understanding; Medical Staff Patient Information Confidentiality Agreement.