International Neurology Education

Dr. Bhatti
Dr. Danish Bhatti, Director of International Neurology Education, receiving the 2019 UNMC Impact in Education Award from Dr. Diego Torres-Russotto

International Neurology Education Programs

*ALL Observerships have been suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Online Mini-fellowship will continue as planned*

Thank you for your interest in the international neurology medical education programs in the Department of Neurological Sciences at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. We take pride in our programs, and we have a long history of offering cutting-edge neurology education to international medical graduates. 

We have three international neurology programs available:

Clinical Observership Program 
Our clinical neurology observership program is highly competitive, with more than 40 applications received for the 8-10 one-month slots available each year. Accepted participants have the opportunity to observe patient care provided by attendings and housestaff, and will participate in discussions, patient-oriented conferences, and other didactic sessions.  Observers are not involved in direct patient care.  This program is designed for students who have completed at least three years of medical school and who are interested in gaining experience and increasing their knowledge of clinical neurological practice in the United States.  The cost is $1,000 for a one-month observership.

Research Observership Program
In addition to our clinical observership, we now offer a research observership program geared toward international medical graduates who are interested in research mentorship and gaining publications.  Research observers will have the opportunity to participate in multiple projects and to gain valuable experience in study design, data gathering, literature search and manuscript writing. The goal is to have publications submitted within 2-3 months. The minimum duration of the research observership is three months, with the potential to extend the experience to up to six months total. Hours and days of the week can be flexible and work at a distance is acceptable on occasions, but not for the entire length of the observership. Some prior experience in research, especially publication/manuscript writing, is preferred but not required.  The research observership program is not funded, but there is no cost to the applicant.

Visiting Scholars' Program
The third program we offer is a Visiting Scholars program which can be customized to offer exposure and training in a particular neurology subspecialty (for example, Epilepsy or Neuromuscular Medicine).  This program is designed for fully-trained international neurologists who are interested in gaining information about cutting-edge neurology practices, current guidelines in their area(s) of interest, and the administrative aspects of establishing and managing a subspecialty neurology practice.  International neurology residents and fellows who are nearing graduation from a residency/fellowship program in their home country and who are interested in obtaining exposure to a particular subspecialty may also be considered for this experience.  We regret that this experience is not suitable for students who have not yet begun residency. The cost is $2,500 for a one-month experience.

Accepted participants to any of our programs are responsible for securing their own visa, transport and housing.  Program fees for Clinical Observers and Visiting Scholars are prepaid upon acceptance.

Please note that participation in the Observership or Visiting Scholars’ Programs does not guarantee an interview with the UNMC Neurology Residency Program.  Observers and visiting scholars are welcome to submit applications to the residency program via ERAS.  All residency program applications are reviewed by the program director and key program faculty, and candidates are chosen using objective criteria based on their medical school performance, USMLE exam scores, and letters of recommendation, which may include a letter from the Observership or Visiting Scholars’ Programs.

How to Apply
Our online pre-screening application form was created to improve our ability to efficiently review applications and allow us to consider multiple factors in the review process.  We regret that we are not able to offer positions to every applicant, but we do consider every applicant carefully and try to offer positions to a diversity of candidates.

Kindly take a few minutes to complete the following application form online. Applications are reviewed at least twice a month, and successful candidates are then invited to submit a full application. Available months for observership and visiting scholar positions will be posted in the near future. Application Form

*New* Advanced Neurological Examination Course

Our observership is currently closed, however we have created a new opportunity to learn and familiarize yourself with workings of a clinical program in the United States. We have launched a short course on Advanced Neurological Examination that starts from the basic exam, and builds upon it by adding details from our resident workshops, components of the Movement Disorders exam, Neuro-opthalmology exam/brain death exam, and an exam of comotase patients.

There are short quizzes to take for self-assessment and also for earning CME credits. The course is approved for four hours of AMA category 1 CME credits. However, to make it easily accessible, you don’t have to pay the CME fee to access the course. After a $10 fee for IT costs, you can access all of the course content. If you decide not take the CME certificate, then you don’t pay anything more. If you are interested in getting the CME certificate, you will have access to the CME link and a CME fee will be charged. 

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