Hello and thank you for your interest. TidalHealth welcomes motivated individuals interested in the medical field. The experience is intended to give individuals an opportunity to observe how healthcare is delivered in your area of interest. This is an observation only and patient contact is prohibited.
TidalHealth offers observation/shadowing experiences to those who have completed their freshman year in high school and older. Those under the age of 18 must obtain a parent or guardian’s signature on the Observation Only Agreement. To start the application process, follow the steps below. For additional information, email Sonon Cox, Program Assistant at [email protected].
Step 1: Find a Provider
Our organization does not match students requesting an observation with one of our providers. Please visit our Find A Doctor page search physicians and advanced practice providers by specialty. You will need to make contact with our providers to arrange for a potential observation/shadowing experience.
Step 2: Submit Observation Agreement and Documentation
A separate agreement is required for each provider you will be observing.
Once you have established a provider, please print and complete the Observation Only Agreement and submit along with the required ID to Sonon Cox, Program Assistant at [email protected]. Please note that you must obtain the provider signature prior to submission. If the provider you will be observing is an Advanced Practice Provider, i.e. Physician Assistant, Nurse Practitioner, Certified Nurse Anesthetist or Certified Nurse-Midwife, you must obtain their signature along with their Supervising Physician’s signature. Once all paperwork is received and approved, the Medical Education Coordinator will contact you and issue clearance to begin your observation/shadowing experience. An ID Badge will be issued and required to be worn during your observation.
Step 3: Surgical Orientation (if applicable)
The Surgical Services Department is not allowing observations in the OR at this time.
Observation/Shadowing experiences with a surgeon requires the completion of an Operating Room (OR) Orientation. Please contact Susan Lynch at [email protected] to schedule. Following successful completion of the OR Orientation, Susan will sign the designated area on the Observation Only Agreement.
For all shadowing/observation experiences not involving a provider, please send completed observation application to [email protected].
Documentation and other requirements:
- COVID-19 vaccine
- Flu vaccine (October – April)
- Driver’s license or another government issued photo ID, i.e. Passport
- School ID (if applicable)
- If under the age of 18, proof of completion of freshman year in high school