Explore This Observership

Goals and Overview

The Mass General NeuroICU is one of the oldest NeuroICUs in the country, having successfully created a Neurocritical care unit in 1969 and modernizing to operate in today’s health care environment. Observership experiences can be geared towards the day-to-day practice of neurocritical care, or can focus on the operational and organizational structures needed to successfully run a NeuroICU. Due to Hospital policy, observers are not permitted to participate in direct patient care and are required to adhere to Mass General’s policies on patient privacy and confidentiality.

Observers are encouraged to attend our weekly educational activities. These include the weekly NeuroICU conferences on Monday and Thursday afternoons, Neurology Department Grand Rounds in the historic Ether Dome on Thursday mornings, and Neuropathology conferences on Friday mornings.

At the end of the rotation, we will provide a letter acknowledging the duration of the visit and the clinical activities observed.


Observers include physicians who are not affiliated with Mass General or Harvard Medical School, who wish to observe the activities of the Mass General NeuroICU service.

Please note that the NeuroICU Observership Program is highly specialized and designed for individuals who are interested in developing similar programs in their home institution. Applicants are expected to have completed neurology training. We also welcome practicing NeuroICU physicians.

Due to the 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 experiences prior to joining internal medicine or neurology residency.

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 MGB/Harvard Neurology Residency Program website.


Observers may be required to undergo an occupational health check-up and a security check prior to the start of their rotation. For international applicants, an appropriate US entry visa is mandatory. If accepted for the observership, we will provide the necessary documents to support your visa application.

How to Apply

Download, complete and submit the NeuroICU Observership Program application form (PDF) with the required documents it describes.