Observership/Shadowing in Neurosurgery

Rozoree Neal, MPHNeurosurgery Observership
“Great physicians are developed by the magnitude of support that they’ve received from the attendings whom have successfully achieved goals prior to aspiring medical professionals within the field. The observership program at RUSH University Medical Center’s Neurosurgery Department, provides medical students, both domestic and/or international, an opportunity to witness Neurosurgeons use their highly remarkable skills within the clinical setting. Giving the medical students the chance to learn additional neurosurgical data while simultaneously networking with seasoned and future providers.”

                                                                                                                      Rozoree Neal, MPH

                                                                                                                      Administrative Assistant II

                                                                                                                      Observership Coordinator

As an observer, you are able to come to Rush to participate in a “day-in-the-life” experience with a Neurosurgical physician at Rush. The qualifications to be an observer are as follows:


International Students 

As an observer, you are able to come to Rush using a B-1/B-2/ESTA (tourist/visitor) visa. However, there is still a travel ban for individuals attempting to enter the U.S. from the Schengen Area (including Portugal) within 14 days of their attempted entry to the U.S. You will need to apply for and receive a National Interest Exception in order to enter the U.S. Currently, the U.S. Consulates are not currently providing exceptions to individuals attempting to enter on B-1/B-2/ESTA as the travel is not deemed essential. Please note, observerships have a maximum of 3 month time frame. 

Please find the list of required documents: 

Example of  International Student Checklist:

The following documentation is required of ALL foreign visitor Volunteers or Observers, regardless of departmental sponsorship status:

For the following categories, please provide PDF copies in the email of:
F-1 Student/OPT STEM:

Other categories
(i.e. EAD , H-1B, TN):
DS-2019; and





If you have any questions, please email