Welcome to Shadowing and Observing with UCHealth

UPDATE 5/14/2021: At this time, all UCHealth facilities are allowing shadowing only in the following circumstances:

  • As part of a job interview when it would be beneficial to help the applicant to better understand the role.
  • For UCHealth staff/providers to shadow another UCHealth staff/provider.

Shadowing is allowed if it will take place in an environment that only requires a surgical face mask and social distancing can be maintained. This opportunity may be withdrawn at any time due to a change in COVID. The extended observation program remains suspended. Please know we have your welfare as well as the welfare of others at the forefront of our patient safety plans.  


University of Colorado Hospital recognizes the value and interest in education and career exploration. Shadowing and Observing may help you gain useful information about skills and/or education required for various health care paths such as nursing, medicine, hospital administration, radiology, PT/OT/ST, and other roles. Shadowing can also be included as part of a job interview to allow the potential staff person the opportunity to learn more about the environment in which they might be working. Shadowing and Observing are educational opportunities only and provide no hands-on experience. Participants will not engage with any patients or advise on any cases.

The University of Colorado Hospital Shadowing/Observership programs facilitate opportunities at the University of Colorado Hospital, Denver metro area Cancer Centers, Lone Tree Clinics, Cherry Creek Clinics, A.F. Williams Clinics, CU Sports Medicine Clinics, and Steadman Hawkins Clinics.

Only individuals 18 & older may participate in these programs at UCHealth facilities.

What is Shadowing?
Shadowing is a short-term experience allowing you to see first-hand occupations, procedures, and processes that interest you. Shadowing a physician, nurse, healthcare professional, or administrator means that you are following an individual as they engage with daily duties. You may watch how the individual interacts with patients, performs procedures, handles the daily schedule, and converses with coworkers.

Shadowing is intended for staff, clinicians, students, potential employees, and administrative professionals. Current employees of UCHealth who want exposure beyond their "scope of practice" may also find it valuable.
  • Shadowing is limited to 12 hours per calendar year. These hours may be split into different experiences or used all at one time. If a potential shadower is looking for a longer opportunity, they should consider an Observership or volunteering.
  • Shadowers must find their own Sponsor. You can do so by searching on www.uchealth.org for Doctors, Locations and Specialties. 
  • Shadowing applications must be submitted at least one week prior to each date of shadow. 

To begin the Shadowing application: Click here

What is an Observership?
An Observership is a longer "shadowing" opportunity to watch and learn. It is a more extensive process and designed to allow up to a 30-day consecutive time frame of observation per calendar year. If you are already a professional, an Observership may be an opportunity to learn about cutting-edge processes and procedures. All forms and requirements for an Observership must be met and submitted at least one month prior to the start of the experience.

To begin the Observership application: Click here

Not sure which program is right for you? Please check the Educational Experience Algorithm for more information.