Neurosurgery Observership Program

The Saint Louis University Department of Neurological Surgery is committed to exploring and expanding medical knowledge of all those we serve. With this in mind, we created an observership program for high school students, undergraduate students, medical students, residents and practicing physicians.

Observership status means that the visitor is not permitted to have direct patient contact or responsibility for patient care. This is a strictly hands-off experience. Observations include clinic, operating room and departmental functions. No benefits, salary, stipends, medical insurance, room and board, transportation or academic credit will be provided.

International visitors are required to have an appropriate visa or U.S. passport. The neurosurgery department is unable to sponsor observers for a visa such as a J-1.

High School Students

High school students are invited to participate for a maximum of two weeks. Please include in your email:

  • the dates you wish to observe
  • your grade in school
  • your birthday
Undergraduate and Medical Students

Undergraduate students are invited to participate for a maximum of four consecutive weeks. Please include in your email the dates you wish to observe, current school or university and your year in school.

Requirements include:

  • A letter from your medical school’s dean
  • International criminal background check report
  • Record of DTAP vaccination
  • Positive Rubella, Rubeola, Mumps, Varicella, three Hepatitis B vaccinations
  • Record of two PPD skin test
  • Respirator fit testing

All required documents must be received no later than four weeks prior to observation dates. Completion of the necessary documents does not ensure approval to observe. Undergraduate and medical students are subject to an approval process.

Residents, Fellows, and Practicing Physicians

Physicians (practicing neurosurgeons, residents, fellows and medical school graduates) are invited to stay a minimum of two weeks with a maximum of three consecutive months. Please include in your email the dates wishing to observe and a current curriculum vitae.

Requirements include:

  • Application
  • Three copies of the memorandum of agreement
  • Signed HIPAA training video
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Passport/ Visa
  • Record of vaccinations
  • International criminal background check report

All required documents must be received no later than four weeks prior to observation dates. Completion of the necessary documents does not ensure approval to observe. Physicians are subject to an approval process. Additionally, all physicians must perform a health screening upon arrival to Saint Louis University. Physician approval ranges from five (5) to seven (7) days.