Job Shadow Experiences

In order to prepare high school and college students for the fascinating challenges of a career in the field of medicine, we offer a variety of programs designed to provide exposure to every aspect of the profession, including the hospital setting as well as specific areas of care.

For additional questions regarding any of the high school and college student programs available at Memorial, please feel free to contact our Workforce Development Team

Job Shadowing

Job Shadowing offers students the opportunity to work side-by-side with an experienced professional, and gain personal insights about the profession they are considering. This half-day session shows each participant what to expect and offers the opportunity to ask questions from those in the profession.

Job Shadowing Schedule

The schedule for the day typically runs as follows:

  • 8:00 a.m. – Arrive at Memorial Health System and meet with the Workforce Development Consultant to prepare for Job Shadowing Experience.
  • 8 – 11:45 a.m.. – Participants will break out to their assigned departments.
  • 11:45 a.m.- 12 p.m. – Meet with Workforce Development Consultant to wrap up the event and depart.
  • Guidelines

    Welcome to Memorial Health System’s Job Shadowing Program. In order to maintain a professional work environment and protect the well being of our patients, we have established guidelines for participants of our Job Shadowing Program that participants MUST adhere to. Please review the guidelines provided below.

    It is extremely important that you understand confidentiality as you will be observing patient care and procedures; listening to conversations regarding patient care and treatment; and possibly reading patient documents or computer printouts.

    You will sign a Confidentiality Statement prior to your Job Shadowing Day. You will not be able to proceed until this form as been completed.

    Dress Code
    Proper attire for your job shadowing experience is extremely important. Participants who do not comply with this policy will not be allowed to continue with the career exploration experience. A few basic rules that apply to both female and male participants are provided below.


    • Be neat, clean and tidy looking
    • Wear clean tennis shoes or other comfortable closed toed shoes
    • Wear socks or stockings


    • Wear jeans/sweatpants/T-shirts
    • Wear sandals or open-toed shoes
    • Wear clothes that reveal bare skin, are baggy or drag on the floor.
    • Wear tank tops or shirts that bare midriffs
    • Wear dangling jewelry, body piercings visible tattoos
    • Wear strong cologne, perfume, or scented lotions


    • You are a guest at the hospital.
    • You are expected to act courteously and respectfully at all times.
    • You should display active listening skills and a positive attitude.

    The Day of the Shadowing
    You are expected to be on time; however, if for some reason you are going to be 5-15 minutes late, you must call the Workforce Development Consultant (contact information will be provided).

    If you are more than 15 minutes late, do not go to the healthcare facility. You should contact your counselor or the Workforce Development Consultant and let them know you will be unable to attend.

    Do not bring items you do not need. Examples include:

    • Purses or backpacks (if possible)
    • Miscellaneous items (books, magazines, journals, etc.)
    • Cell phones and pagers – you are not permitted to use them while completing the job shadow. They may interfere with the facility/patient electronic medical equipment.
  • Requirements

    Job Shadows will be scheduled twice a month. Participants may choose either of the predetermined dates as long as the request is made a minimum of two weeks in advance.

    Participants will be required to meet all prerequisites prior to participating in Job Shadowing. These include:

    1. Participants must be at least 16 years of age.
    2. Participants must complete an orientation program about MHS and its administrative policies, standards, and practices.
    3. Participants must submit up to date vaccination records for review at least 24 hours prior to observational learning experience.
    4. Participants must complete computer based learning modules for HIPAA Privacy Practices and Bloodborne Pathogens at least 24 hours prior to observational learning experience.
    5. Participants must review and complete the Career Exploration Release and Permission Form.
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