All students who plan on going to professional school should plan on shadowing health professionals in their field. Shadowing allows students to learn about the pros and cons of a career in healthcare, the personality traits of effective caregivers, how care is provided, and what they will bring to their profession.
Students must be proactive and persistent in their search for opportunities to shadow. You will need to develop relationships with many health professionals and may even need to ask these professionals for letters of recommendation in the future. To get involved in shadowing, call up a health care practitioner and ask if you can come follow them around. This works best if you know the provider, but cold-calling can work too. When you go, make sure you dress appropriately, have questions to ask, etc. When you are finished shadowing, it is a good idea to write down what you learned from the experience so that you can write about it later.
Shadowing at IHC is a much more complicated affair.
As you pursue shadowing opportunities at Logan Regional, there are four things you should always remember:
- You are a representative of Utah State University. Every positive or negative interaction you have during your tenure with the hospital’s patients and staff reflects on our school.
- You should conduct yourself in a professional manner at all times. Patients and healthcare professionals come from a diverse array of backgrounds and ALL deserve to be treated with respect.
- Shadowing is a privilege, not a right. If you fail to act professionally and respectfully, you may lose the privilege of shadowing at IHC.
If you have difficulty accepting these guidelines, you should consider reevaluating your career goals. There are many occupations that don’t require major interaction with people, but most healthcare positions do.
How does the student begin this process?
There are a number of things that must be accomplished to be able to shadow at Logan Regional Hospital. Basically, this process will produce a contract between IHC, USU’s Health Professions Advising office, and you. These contracts are short-term and must be renewed for each shadowing opportunity.
Initial contact will be with Marci Chidester at Logan Regional Hospital via phone or email ONLY.
Phone: 435-716-5525 E-mail: email@example.com
IHC will gather information from you to begin the process and determine if it is feasible to let you shadow at IHC at that time.
AFTER Marci has sent you notification, you may pick up the packet of materials at Logan Regional Hospital: 1400 North 500 East, Logan, UT 84341.
In order to obtain the Education Affiliation Agreement from the Advising Center you must be receiving advising through the Health Professions Advising office (yes, this means you have to come talk to us).
As long as you meet one of the Step #3 criteria you will need to gather the following information for your file in the Biology Advising Center:
a. Immunization Records
i. Documentation maintained and on file in BNR 101-Biology Advising Center.
ii. The IHC Student Orientation Booklet provides an in-depth description of the immunizations required and how students can document immunity. They are also listed below.
b. Verification of enrollment in current semester and “Good Standing” form. You may obtain these from the Registrar’s Office.
Measles-Mumps-Rubella (2 immunizations)
Verification provided by: 1) documentation of immunization (2 MMR immunizations) or 2) positive antibody titer
Tuberculosis Testing – Two (2) within the past twelve months
Verification may be provided by one of the following: 1. 2 completed PPD (Tuberculosis skin test) 2. PPD+ must receive adequate work up for TB and confirm that it is not communicable (chest x-ray, Physician, or Health Department note)
Verification can be provided by: 1) documentation of having had the disease (parent or student may confirm history of the disease) or 2) documentation of immunizations (two doses of varicella vaccine given at least 28 days apart) or 3) positive titer
Tdap (pertussis) - one dose of Tdap is required to prevent the spread of Pertussis.
Verification can be provided by: 1) Documentation of immunization
Hepatitis B (3 doses) any student who works directly with patients or body flied specimens is required to have completed a three dose series of Hep B vaccine
Verification can be provided by: 1) Documentation of immunizations or 2) Positive antibody titer (titer should be obtained 1-2 months after original vaccine series)
Intermountain encourages but does not require the student who works at an Intermountain facility in the winter months to have a current influenza vaccine.