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Shadowing and Observational Opportunities

Observing or what is frequently called “shadowing” can be a great way to gain experience regarding the nature of various careers in healthcare. The following list provides information on how one might gain shadowing experience in various locations. In some cases, students are required to find their own provider but complete the requirements listed on the site. In other cases, students can be assigned to a provider or area of the hospital to observe.

These experiences are only beneficial to the degree you personally invest. Once you’ve identified an individual to observe have a conversation about what you would hope to experience and ask any questions you may have. Understand that you may not be able to observe every interaction and the patient’s comfort is priority. You will likely need to sign a HIPAA form, agreeing not to share any patient information you learn while shadowing.

Remember, there are many ways to gain experience in a healthcare setting, shadowing is only one. Think creatively about how you can learn more about various health professions, the healthcare environment and the experience of patients and their families.

Alaska    Fairbanks Memorial Hospital
Arizona    Tucson Orthopaedic Institute
California    Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
     Stanford Health Care (Palo Alto, CA)
Colorado    Denver Health
     UC Health
     Centura Health-Parker Hospital
Connecticut    Connecticut Children's Medical Center (Hartford, CT)
     Windham Hospital (Willimantic, CT)
Delaware    Christiana Care Health System (Wilmington, DE)
Florida    Baptist Health South Florida
     Tallahassee Memorial Hospital
     University of South Florida (Tampa, FL)
Georgia    Gwinett Medical Center
     Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
Idaho    Saint Alphonsus (Boise, ID)
Illinois     Marianjoy Rehabilitative Hospital (Wheaton, IL)
     Northwestern Medicine Hospitals
     Northwestern University  (Evanston, IL)
     Allergy and Asthma-contact the Health Professions office (Lincoln Park, IL)
Iowa     University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (Iowa City, IA)
     Unity Point Health (Waterloo, IA)
     Mary Greely Medical Center (Ames, IA)
Indiana    Schneck Medical Center (Seymour, IN)
     Indiana University - for OT, PT, PA (Bloomington, IN)
     Indiana Health Bloomington
     Good Samaritan Hospital (Vincennes, IN)
Kansas    Lawrence Memorial Hospital
     University of Kansas Medical Center (Kansas City, KS)
Kentucky    University of Kentucky Healthcare (Lexington, KY)
Maryland    MedStar Montgomery Medical Center (Olney, MD) 
     Carroll Hospital
     Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD)
Massachusetts    Brigham & Women's Hospital (Boston, MA), for PA only
     Baystate Health (Springfield, MA)
Michigan    Mid Michigan Health (Midland, MI)
     Covenant Healthcare
     Bronson Health
Minnesota    Minnesota Hospital Association
     Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota
     Northfield Hospital and Clinics
Mississippi    Memorial Hospital (Gulfport, MS)
Missouri    Western Missouri Medical Center (Warrensburg, MO)
     CoxHealth (Springfield, MO)
Montana    Kalispell Regional Healthcare
Nebraska    Columbus Community Hospital
     Nebraska Medicine (Omaha, NE)
New Jersey    Summit Medical Group Foundation
     Hunterdon Healthcare
New York     Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization
     NYU School of Medicine-Rusk Rehabilitation, for OT & PT only
     Lourdes Hospital (Binghamton, NY)
     Cortland Regional Medical Center
North Carolina     Duke University (Durham, NC)
     Cone Health (Greensboro, NC)
     UNC Medical Center (Chapel Hill, NC)
     Carolinas Rehabilitation
     Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center (Winston-Salem, NC)
     Cardiothoracic Surgery-contact the Health Professions office (Charlotte, NC)
Ohio    Nationwide Children’s Hospital (Columbus, OH)
     Cincinnati Children's Hospital
     Adena Health System (Chillicothe, OH)
     Cleveland Medical Center
     Canton Mercy
     Akron Children's Hospital
Oregon     Mid-Columbia Medical Center (The Dalles, OR)
Pennsylvania     Allegheny Health Network (Pittsburgh, PA)
     Summit Health
     St. Mary Medical Center (Langhorne, PA)
     PinnacleHealth System (Harrisburg, PA)
     Sacred Heart Hospital (Allentown, PA)
     PMSI Comprehensive Healthcare (Pottstown, PA)
South Carolina    Medical University of South Carolina (Charleston, SC)
South Dakota     Avera (Sioux Falls, SD)
Tennessee       West Tennessee Healthcare
Texas    Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics
     Parkland Health (Dallas, TX)
Virginia      Centra Health (Lynchburg, VA)
Washington     Multi Care Foundations
     University of Washington Medicine
     Seattle Children's Hospital
     Providence Health and Services
West Virginia     WVU Medicine
Wisconsin     Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin (Milwaukee, WI)
     UW Health Hospitals and Clinics
     Wheaton Franciscan Health Care
Wyoming     Ivinson Memorial Hospital (Laramie, WY)