Observership Requests

Notice: Due to additional learners currently on our teams, we are unable to offer observership positions in 2019. Please watch this web site to see if/when we are scheduling observers.

Observership requests are only reviewed via email on a weekly basis.

Visiting student requests for elective student rotations for credit should be made on VSLO.

TIPS FOR OBSERVERS on obtaining an observership and matching into a residency program



In support of its educational mission, the Division of Education within the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center provides individuals with observership experiences in its Internal Medicine Training Program. An observership is a shadowing experience of at least two weeks and no more than four weeks. The purpose of this policy is to provide an environment that is safe for patients, office staff, students and medical staff; respect patients’ rights to privacy and confidentiality; and enhance the experience of the observers.

I. An observership is a voluntary experience that does not constitute medical education, graduate medical education, continuing medical education, or any training leading to licensure or board certification. Observers receive no academic credit for the observership, but may receive a letter of recognition or a certificate of completion for fulfillment of an observational or shadowing requirement as necessary.
II. All observers must wear a University of Nebraska (“UNMC”) photo ID at all times while on sites. The UNMC badge must be returned at the end of the rotation. There is an assessment of $25.00 for unreturned or damaged ID badges.
III. UNMC Department of Internal Medicine (“IM”) does not provide housing or food for observers.
IV. Observers must complete all compliance requirements prior to starting their observership; including, but not limited to: showing proof of immunizations, proof of PPD within the last 12 months, completing all computer-based learning modules provided by UNMC.
V. Observers must be directly supervised at all times by the supervising faculty attending, physician attending, physician in training, or another representative from the Division of Education.
VI. Observers may participate in lunch conferences and other didactic activities as appropriate.
VII. Observers must not provide medical care, conduct patient interviews, take a medical history, examine a patient, provide medical advice to a patient, or assist in any procedure.
VIII. Observers must not make entries into patient medical records. They must not make copies of any patient medical records or other materials identified with patient names or other patient information.
IX. Observers must not write orders for patients or make verbal orders for patients.
X. Observers must not bill for any service.
XI. Any violation of the above policies will result in immediate termination of the observership experience.
XII. UNMC IM reserves the right to modify any of the above guidelines.

Erin Maxwell, MPA
Administrator, Educational Programs
Division of Education
Department of Internal Medicine