Shadowing - Bronson Healthcare


Job shadowing is a short-term informal observation experience of a healthcare provider.

Job shadowing introduces an observer to specific healthcare career(s) through the supervised observation of a healthcare provider. The goal is to assist the observer with making a healthcare career choice. The observation experience is appropriate for:

  • People at least 18 years of age
  • People who are exploring healthcare careers

Job shadowing is not:

  • An opportunity to actively participate in patient care or practice clinical skills
  • A formal educational experience (student practicum or internship)
  • Part of the interview process of a potential employee
  • Intended for international providers or professionals working toward US licensure.

Bronson Shadowing Requirements

The observer must contact and make arrangements directly with a healthcare provider.

All requests for job shadowing must be received six to eight weeks prior to the observation day(s).

Requests are considered on an individual basis. Bronson is not able to honor all requests.

Approval of the request is at the discretion of the office or department manager(s), with consideration of the unit’s staffing resources, the nature of the patient population and the procedures performed.

For patient, staff and observer safety; the observer will meet Bronson’s minimum work requirements at the observer’s expense including:

  • A criminal background check
  • Immunizations
    • MMR - measles, mumps, rubella
    • Tdap - tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis
    • Varicella (chicken pox)
  • TB test
  • Drug screen: 10-Panel, non-regulated
  • Flu shot: Required October through March
  • Review the Student Orientation Information packet
  • Attend a one-hour orientation on Bronson Standards

Rehabilitation Observation

Rehabilitation Services offers a limited number of observation opportunities during traditional fall, winter and summer semesters. Applications are accepted in the months of January, May and August. Space is limited and will be filled first-come, first-served and based on staff availability. The student must commit to a minimum of 16 hours. He or she must have completed a minimum of two years of college and applying to a school of:

  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Speech and language pathology

Email the following items to

  • Cover letter including:
    • Your interest in PT, OT or SLP
    • Dates and times you are available to observe
    • Locations/distance you are willing to drive
    • Your interest in acute care, outpatient, or pediatric rehab
  • Attach your resume/curriculum vitae

Please allow six to eight weeks to process your request.

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