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Job Shadow Program

 Job Shadow Experience 

Welcome to the Upstate University Hospital Job Shadow Program! If you're a student or aspiring healthcare professional looking to gain experience and insight into the medical field, you've come to the right place.

Our program offers a unique opportunity to shadow healthcare professionals in a hospital setting, allowing you to observe and learn from experts in various departments. Whether you're considering a career in medicine and want to explore different healthcare specialties, or you are considering Upstate as an option of education or employment our program will provide you with a valuable experience. Join us as we pave the way for the future of medicine!

Shadow Experience Requirements:

  • You must be 16 or older, except for placement in the OR, Emergency Department, Cancer Center Infusion, Psychiatry and OB/GYN: where minimum age of 18 is required. 

  • Minors (under the age of 18) are only permitted to shadow during daytime hours from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm. 

  • Shadowing is not allowed during night shift.

  • Shadowing is typically a one-day experience; one day of shadowing can consist of only a few hours or an all-day (8 hours) experience.

  • One shadow experience per year, up to three days, in one department.

  • Participant will only observe, without any hands-on interaction with a patient, medical equipment, medical records, computers, and will not enter an area of contamination such as isolation rooms, soiled linen areas, etc.

  • Must be a non-nursing position (for nursing shadows, please contact Nursing Recruitment)

How to apply for a Shadow Experience:


If you have already submitted an application, please allow six to eight weeks for processing. We cannot guarantee placement but will do our best to find you an experience that matches your interest.

Physician Assistant Shadow Requests - Due to an overwhelming number of inquiries, we regret to inform you that we are currently unable to accommodate applications for shadowing Physician Assistants. Kindly continue to check back for updates. Thank you for your understanding. 

For requests of more than 3-days where there is NOT an active affiliation agreement between Upstate and the student's home institution, see Special Placement Volunteers at Upstate Medical University
For requests of more than 3-days where there IS an active affiliation agreement between Upstate and the student's home institution, see Departmental Internships / Affiliating School
If you have any questions regarding the Upstate Shadow Program please contact:
Office of Volunteer Programs
Phone: 315-464-5180
Email: shadow@upstate.edu
Updated February 2024