To shadow a health professional means to observe them in the workplace with the express purpose of gathering knowledge about the interactions, issues, and complications that arise in the daily life of these healthcare providers. This allows a student to form ideas on how the profession fits their personality, learn specifics about specialties and areas in medicine, in addition to learning more about the many facets of healthcare, such as administration, management, and interaction between the different types of health professionals.
For those of you that know a health professional, have a family doc, dentist, PA, etc., or have parents who know one, you should certainly use this as a starting point. Perhaps that individual has colleagues they would be willing to call to help you gain access to different professionals. This is, by far, the most practical approach to finding opportunities.
If you have no personal connections to a health professional, it is appropriate to visit practitioner's offices, typically talking with the front office staff, to determine if there might be shadowing opportunities available. We encourage you to dress professionally!
Students often find opportunities by volunteering, or working, in healthcare environments where they are 'rubbing shoulders' with healthcare professionals. Always be networking, aware, and looking for opportunities.
The accordians below provide information for corporate hospitals and groups with defined protocols for shadowing students.
Intermountain Healthcare - IHC
There are two Student Placement Offices at Intermountain Health in Cache Valley, Logan Regional Hospital Volunteer Office and the Budge Clinic Student Placement Office. Each office coordinates placement into specific locations. Follow the links below to learn more. Note: If you are not enrolled in the Canvas Medical Advising pages, you will need to do so prior to choosing the links below. Enroll in CANVAS Medical Advising pages here.
For more information click on the link below.
Logan Regional Hospital Volunteer Office - PT
Most pre-OT students find numerous opportunities to shadow professionals through the school districts, Centers for Persons with Disabilities, or private clinics. There are also opportunities in the Rehabilitation department at Intermountain Health with some investment on the students part. NOTE - you will need to be enrolled in the CANVAS OT pages, click to enroll.
Follow the link for more information and instructions: Logan Regional Hospital Volunteer Office-OT
IHC does not typically place pre-PA students for shadowing, however, almost every physician in Cache Valley has one or more PA's who are quite willing to have students shadow them.
Most pre-pharmacy students become Pharm Techs and find jobs in a pharmacy.
Most dentists are very willing to mentor and provide exposure to a dental office.