Job Shadowing 

The purpose of this program is to allow members of the health care community to explore and learn inside the great teaching environment that Saint Louis University Hospital offers. This experience is beneficial for both parties; as a hospital, we can develop a perception for professionals trying to join our prestigious team. At the same time, shadowers get to learn about and observe hospital methodologies on the front lines of patient care.  The program consists of multiple sessions between the mentor and individual shadowing. Applicants can shadow for a maximum of 5 times and durations may vary depending on department availability. 

Interested personnel should consider this opportunity a great way to discover their career interests, learn more about the hospital environment and learn about the overall SLU Hospital culture.  

Once an application has been submitted, the Sponsoring Department will be responsible for the initial approval of the request. This includes the determination of the Sponsoring Department’s ability and willingness to provide the experience requested. Following the Sponsoring Department’s approval, all requests for the Shadow experience will be forwarded to the Human Resources Department.  

In order to be considered for a Shadowing experience, all of the following requirements must be completed by Shadowing candidates:   

  • Completion of application form  (Click here for application)
  • Approval from Sponsoring Department and Human Resource Department where you would like shadow
  • Completion of requirements outlined in Shadow Pre-Acceptance Checklist



·         Confidentiality Statement (document will be downloaded to website) (Click here for confidentiality statement)

·         Current immunization records

·         Must show record of 2-step PPD test within the last 6 months

·         Influenza vaccine in the past 12 months (if applying between Sept 1-March 31)

·         Documentation of Tetanus (Tdap) within the last 10 years

·         Records of MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella), Inactivated Poliovirus, Varicella (Chicken Pox), and Hepatitis B (three shot series)

·         Hospital’s smoking and tobacco use policy (“Tobacco Free Policy”) (Click here to view policy) 

·         Hospital’s dress code and personal appearance policy (“Standards of Dress and Appearance”) (Click here to view policy) 

·         Hospital’s Guidelines for Tours, Shadowing, Practicums, Observerships and Clergy Visits (Click here to view policy) 

·         Before beginning a Shadow Experience, applicants must view a series of HIPAA videos on the below listed website and sign "Privacy and Security Training Video Confirmation Form":

*ALL documents are due 30 days after application has been approved. If documents are not received within deadline, application process will be voided  


After shadowing experience, please follow link to complete survey: 


  • 6 North-General Surgery
  • 6 South-Orthopaedics
  • 6 ICU-Trauma, General Surgery
  • 8 North-Hematology/Oncology
  • 8 South-General Medicine
  • 8 ICU-Medicine/Pulmonology
  • Abdominal Transplant Clinic
  • Acceptance and Placement
  • Admitting
  • Float Pool
  • Endoscopy
  • Hospital Administration
  • Marketing
  • Operating Room
  • Respiratory Care
  • Radiology  

*List is updated on a quarterly basis 


  • NO jeans or sweatpants
  • NO tank tops or bare midriffs
  • NO baggy clothing or clothing that drags on the floor
  • NO exposed undergarments
  • NO scrubs or lab coats
  • NO sandals or flip flops
  • NO dangling jewelry
  • NO ball caps or hats
  • Body piercings and tattoos should be covered


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  • What is the first step in the shadowing process? The first step is completing the application. Once approved you will be contacted by a representative from the Human Resources Department
  • What areas are accepting shadowing applications? See “departments available for shadowing” section for updated listing
  • How far in advance should I submit my application? At least two weeks in advance
  • How soon should I expect a response? Our response time is approximately  5 business days but it may vary depending on the volume of applications at the time
  • I have a job shadow today, but I’m sick. What should I do? If you feel sick please contact the HR department to reschedule your shadowing experience as soon as you can
  • What is the minimum age required to shadow? 18 years old
  • What should I wear to the job shadow? Dress business casual.  Read “dress code” section for more details
  • I completed the first step. What should I do next? A determination will be made by the department manager for which you wish to shadow. Once a decision has been reached the HR department will contact you for next steps
  • What immunization records do I need to provide prior to starting? See “list of required immunizations”
  • How many times can I shadow? Up to 5 times
  • Who should I contact for specific questions? Human Resources Department
  • Where can I get more information about volunteering in the organization? Follow this link for more information:
  • What do I need to start the shadowing program? Please refer to checklist
  • I am a medical student interested in shadowing experience, do I follow same process? No, medical students’ shadowing applications are processed through Saint Louis University Medical School. Please reference SLU’s website for more information