OMI Clinical Observerships provide successful OMI seminar alumni the opportunity to spend up to three one-month visits in Austrian hospitals to improve their clinical skills, learn new techniques and treatment protocols and experience modern hospital management. OMI Research Observerships are designed to offer clinicians who are interested in science and research the opportunity to spend three months in a leading Austrian research institution.
OMI Clinical Observerships
OMI Clinical Observerships provide successful OMI seminar alumni the opportunity to spend up to three one-month visits in Austrian hospitals to improve their clinical skills, learn new techniques and treatment protocols and experience modern hospital management. Through this program, OMI alumni can build and maintain personal relationships with Austrian OMI faculty members and explore opportunities for scientific and educational collaborations with their host institution. Observerships often result in ongoing exchange programs between the respective institutions and integrate OMI alumni into the international medical community.
OMI Research Observerships
OMI Research Observerships offer clinicians interested in science and research the opportunity to spend three months in a leading Austrian research institution. Awardees participate in research projects and acquire essential research tools. OMI alumni can participate in three, three-month research observerships, giving them up to nine months of training time.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the selection criteria?
Only successful OMI seminar alumni may apply for the program. Applicants for an OMI Clinical Observership must be employed as medical doctors in their home countries and be fluent in English. Before applying for an OMI Research Observership, candidates, must show a documented academic interest (e.g. publications or research projects) and must have completed an OMI Clinical Observership.
Is there an age limit?
Applicants should not be older than 45 when applying for the first time.
Do I need to speak German?
German language skills are recommended for both the OMI Clinical Observership and the OMI Research Observership. For observerships in some medical specialties, e.g. emergency medicine, geriatrics and psychiatry, German language skills are mandatory.
Which documents should I include with my application?
The following documents are required:
- Your most recent CV
- A letter of motivation stating your interests and aims
For a Research Observership please also include:
- A research proposal (2-4 pages) including research topic and methods
- A list of publications and other scientific presentations
- Two letters of recommendation signed by senior faculty members of your home institution
I have already applied for an OMI Observership but have not received a positive response yet. Do I have to apply again?
No, you do not have to apply again. The OMI will contact you as soon as there is a place available for you.
Some of my personal details have changed over the years. What do I do?
Please keep us updated should any relevant information change over time. For example, this includes your last name, workplace, or address.
How long does an OMI Observership last? How many OMI Observerships can I attend?
The OMI Clinical Observerships usually last for one month and can be attended three times. Therefore, each OMI fellow is entitled to a training period of three months in total. OMI Research Observerships last between one and three months and can be repeated up to three times. It is mandatory to return back home for at least one year after each observership in order to prevent brain drain.
Which hospitals offer OMI Observerships?
- Allgemeines Krankenhaus (AKH)/ Medical University of Vienna
- Krankenhaus Hietzing
- Krankenanstalt Rudolfstiftung
- Donau Spital
- Kaiser Franz Josef Spital
- Orthopädisches Spital Speising
- Landeskrankenhaus Graz (LKH) / Medical University of Graz
- Landeskliniken Salzburg (SALK)
Travel Arrangements and Travel Expenses
Please check the OMI Travel and Reimbursement Guidelines for detailed information regarding travel arrangements. The OMI only reimburses according to these guidelines and does not cover any additional expenses. Observers will be reimbursed in Euros. If you decide to make your own travel arrangements, please send your itinerary including price confirmation to your OMI coordinator in Vienna. In case of incorrect, missing or incomplete travel information, the OMI cannot guarantee reimbursement of your travel expenses.
If you do not have a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC for EU Member Countries), the OMI will provide health care insurance coverage during your stay. Please note that this insurance covers emergencies and is only valid in Austria. If you are planning to travel on the weekends you have to arrange for additional insurance. Furthermore, the OMI provides medical insurance only. It does not cover robbery or theft. Please note that the OMI must be informed of any health problems before arrival in Austria. Observers must pay for any examinations and treatments for any pre-existing conditions.
The OMI provides accommodation for the duration of your stay. Detailed information will be included in the official invitation letter.
OMI observers will receive pocket money to help cover expenses in Austria, but they may need to supplement this with their own money.
Case Study and Final Report
OMI observers must submit a case study and final report to the OMI coordinator in the Vienna office the last week of their observership before returning home. This case study should be prepared with and signed by the OMI mentor. Excellent case studies may be published in one of the medical journals.
The OMI has established a few rules observers are expected to obey:
- Attendance at the hospital, at OMI workshops and at social events
- No traveling during the week
- A case study and final report must be handed in before the conclusion of the stay
- It is not permitted to bring family members
Katrin Pold, MD (Viljandi Hospital, Estonia)
Observer at Salzburger Landeskliniken
»The Salzburg OMI Seminar in Neurology in 2016 and my subsequent observership had a positive influence on my career path. Not only have I been able to implement my new knowledge and skills in my daily practice at the hospital, but I have also gained the confidence to be a role model for my younger colleagues.«
We are in the final stage of developing a new online application wizard. Starting October 31, 2020, you will be able to apply for the observerships at the OMI Portal.
Applicants will be notified via email once their application has been submitted.