Health Professions Shadowing
Shadowing healthcare providers is an essential experience for prospective pre-medical and other pre-health students. CCPD facilitates several shadowing programs and also connects students to volunteer opportunities.
Healthcare shadowing involves observing healthcare providers in their interactions with patients and other aspects of their jobs. Shadowing experiences can be short-term - even a day or half day - or more sustained.
Applicants to medical and other health professions school must accrue numerous hands-on experiences related to healthcare, including clinical experience with patients (volunteer or paid) and shadowing. Health professions schools want you to road test the career before you apply to make sure it’s a good fit for you.
The Center for Career & Professional Development facilitates several shadowing programs, including:
- St. David’s Georgetown Hospital, Georgetown
- Cox Family Dental, Plano (SU alumnus)
- HCA Healthcare, Houston (SU parent)
These competitive opportunities consist of once a week shadowing for 10-15 weeks per semester during the fall/spring and full-time shadowing for 6-8 weeks during the summer. Students can apply for one or more sites and one or more terms. Information sessions and email publicity precede the opening of each term’s application process for the following term.
In addition to these structured opportunities, the most likely source of a shadowing experience is a personal contact with a healthcare provider. Try to identify all of the health professionals you and your family see as patients, as well as any family members, family friends, etc. In addition, SU alumni working as healthcare providers are excellent resources. Use tools like PirateConnect and LinkedIn to research alumni contacts.
Volunteer (or paid) clinical experience in a healthcare setting is also required. Visit HireSU and join the Health | Wellness | Life Science Career Community on PirateConnect to keep informed of opportunities.
CCPD health professions advisor Alexandra Anderson, firstname.lastname@example.org