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. The 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
The 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, the OMI alumni can build and maintain personal relationships with the 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 the OMI alumni into the international medical community.
OMI Research Observerships
The 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. The 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 the 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?
There is no age limit for applying to an OMI observership.
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?
Please apply through the OMI Portal and follow the instructions.
The following documents are required:
- A letter of motivation stating your interests and goals
For an OMI research observership please also include:
- A research proposal (two to four pages) including research topic and methods
- A list of publications and other scientific presentations
- Two letters of recommendation signed by a senior faculty member of your home institution and a faculty member from an Austrian institution
I have already applied for an OMI observership but have not received a positive response yet. Do I have to apply again?
Four weeks after the deadline has passed, you will be informed via email about the status of your application. If your application was unsuccessful, please apply again.
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, 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.
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.
The 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
The OMI observers must submit a case study and final report to the OMI coordinator in the Vienna office during 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 that observers are expected to obey:
- Attendance at the hospital, at the 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 (Ida-Viru Central 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.”