Shadowing and Observing

Thank you for your interest in observing/shadowing at TMH. Observations are considered only at the request of the TMH staff member or physician whom you would be with for this experience. This is a hands-off experience that allows students to get a feel of what the healthcare field is all about. The steps to observing/shadowing is as follows:

  1. Locate a sponsor – You are responsible for securing a sponsor that will allow you to observe/shadow with them. Please keep in mind that TMH Human Resources does not provide placement for observations nor are we allowed to give out contact information for physicians. You are welcome to use any contact you may have (family, friends, former observers, employees) to secure a sponsor. Or you can use the website to assist in securing a sponsor.

  2. Complete an observation application - You will need to review, complete, and sign page one as the applicant. (Please note that if you are under the age of 18, a parent or guardian must also sign the disclaimer.) Page 2 will need to be completed by the TMH staff member or physician whom you will be observing/shadowing with.

    Download the Observation Application

  3. Return the application to TMH Human Resources – The application can be sent via fax, scan and email, or dropped off at the HR front desk. Please note: The application CANNOT be processed without an observation date range.

    All observation applications can be returned to the Academic Liaison in Human Resources; Fax 850-431-6555.

After your application is approved, you will be sent an approval email along with the appropriate clearance requirements that must be completed prior to the start of the observation. Once cleared, you will be issued an observer badge to be worn for the duration of your time at TMH. There is a $5 non refundable badge fee for all observers.

Please be aware that all observations with a date range of 7 consecutive days or more will require a background check ($47) and drug screen ($29). In addition, any observation taking place in the Behavioral Health Center will require additional clearance requirements at a cost of $75.45. All costs associated with the clearance process are the responsibility of the observer/shadower.

Questions? Please contact the Academic Liaison at 850-431-5786.