Interested in exploring a health care field? The College of Community Health Sciences offers opportunities to shadow a variety of medical personnel in preparation for graduate work in a range of healthcare fields.
How can I shadow at UMC? Undergraduates interested in shadow opportunities should contact the UA pre-med advising office or AED and request to be put on the email list. Due to the volume of requests for shadowing placements, all students interested in shadowing in the fall and spring terms must apply through an online application. The application window opens in August and December and announcements about the application process and application availability are disseminated through the University of Alabama Pre-Med advising office and the AED email lists.
What times are available for shadowing? Students must be available from 8:30 – 12:00 or 1:30 – 5:00 and are are placed in a University Medical Center clinic one morning or one afternoon a week based on the student’s and the clinic’s schedule. Placement options include Family Medicine, Pediatrics, OB/GYN and Internal Medicine.
How can I get a head start on shadowing? Before shadowing at UMC you will need to complete a placement form and show proof of TB skin test, HIPAA training and flu shot during flu season. You’ll need a TB test and HIPAA training to shadow in just about any health care facility, so having these documents completed and available is helpful.
If you have general questions about shadowing, contact Natalie Morrow. Do not contact individual clinics for shadow opportunities.
Students may also contact their personal physicians for shadowing opportunities while home during breaks—community physicians are often happy to have shadow students.