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Stroke and Neuro-ICU Observership

This observership program is highly specialized and designed for individuals who are interested in developing stroke/neuro-ICU programs or pursuing stroke in their home institution.


About The Stroke Service

A central mission of the Mass General Stroke Service is to advance the understanding and treatment of cerebrovascular disease. We are committed to promoting the education of our medical students, residents, fellows, physicians and nurses and administrative staff. In addition, there has been a long-standing commitment to welcoming and educating visitors from other institutions as they observe our clinical activities.


'Observers' include physicians, trainees, medical students, nurses, industry staff, medical representatives, and other visitors who are not affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital (Mass General), Partners Healthcare, or Harvard Medical School (HMS), who wish to observe the activities of the MGH Stroke and Neuro-ICU services.

Program Overview

While we will try our best to accommodate your requested dates and activities of interest, this may not always be possible due to the high demand for stroke service observerships.

Observers are not permitted to participate in direct patient care and are required to adhere to the Hospital’s policy on patient privacy and confidentiality.

Observers are welcome to attend our educational activities. These include the weekly stroke/ICU conferences on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons, Neurology Department Grand Rounds in the historic Ether Dome on Thursday mornings, Neuropathology conferences on Friday mornings, Neuroradiology rounds on Thursday afternoons, Neurovascular conferences on Friday mornings, and monthly Vascular Center rounds.

We request all observers to maintain a log of all stroke service activities attended. At the end of the rotation, we will provide a letter acknowledging the duration of the visit and the clinical activities observed.






An appropriate U.S. entry visa is mandatory. If accepted for the observership, we will provide the necessary documents to support your visa application. Depending on the duration of their visit, Observers may be required to undergo an occupational health check-up and a security check prior to the start of the visit.


This observership program is highly specialized and designed for individuals who are interested in developing stroke/neuro-ICU programs or pursuing stroke in their home institution. In general we welcome applications from those who have completed neurology training, practicing stroke/neuro ICU physicians or nurses, and industry personnel.

Due to the overwhelming demand for observerships and our commitment to educate our own residents and fellows, we are unable to consider unsolicited observership requests from recent medical school graduates, or those seeking US-based hospital experience prior to joining internal medicine or neurology residency.



How to Apply

How to Apply

Download, complete, and submit the Stroke and Neuro-ICU Observership Program application form (PDF) with the required documents.

Medical students who wish to arrange rotating internships or neurology clinical clerkships at Mass General should contact the Registrar’s Office at Harvard Medical School.

Residents in U.S. hospital-based training programs who wish to arrange a formal (accredited) elective rotation should contact our Neurology Residency Education Program Manager. For information about our residency training program please visit the Harvard Neurology Residency Program website.


Contact Us

Stroke Service at Massachusetts General Hospital

Wang Ambulatory Care Center

15 Parkman Avenue WACC, 7th floor, room 720 Boston, MA 02114
  • Near Public Transit
  • Accessible
  • Phone: 617-726-8459
  • Fax: 617-726-5043


  • 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

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