Thank you for your interest in shadowing at the University of Colorado Hospital and metro Denver clinics. UCHealth is taking proactive measures to protect its patients, visitors, and healthcare workers by expanding visitor restrictions and policies at its acute care facilities and ambulatory clinics. While we understand that visitor restrictions are inconvenient, they provide an additional layer of protection for everyone. At this time, UCHealth is 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.
  • OR 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. Shadowing is not allowed in any other areas where additional PPE is needed, such as an OR.


This opportunity may be withdrawn at any time due to a change in COVID.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.




What is Shadowing?

Shadowing provides an opportunity for an individual to experience "a day in the life" of an UCHealth employee, contractor or provider. Shadowing is an educational observership only and provide no hands-on experiences. Observers will not physically engage with any patients or advise on any cases.

In order to participate in the Shadowing program, individuals must have a Sponsor - an UCHealth employee, contractor, or provider who has made arrangements for the observation and who will accompany the observer during their experience.

UCHealth currently offers two different programs for shadowing; short term (EOP) and extended (EAO.)

Short-term shadowing, known as the Educational Observation Program (EOP), is limited to 12 hours in the observer's lifetime. These hours can be spit up among different days or used all in one experience. Shadowing requests for EOP must be submitted at least one week prior to the date of shadow.

Extended shadowing, known as the Extended Academic Observership (EAO) is designed to allow up to 4 weeks of observation per calendar year. All forms and requirements for an EAO must be met and submitted at least one month prior to the start of the Observership.

Who can shadow?
Shadowing is designed to allow observation for a specific length of time and is intended for community members, staff, clinicians, students, potential employees and administrative professionals. If you are not sure if shadowing is the best choice for you check out the Education Experience Algorithm .
Shadowing at an UCHealth facility is open to:

  • Anyone seeking a learning opportunity.
  • Individuals who are at least 18 years of age.
  • Current employees of UCHealth who want exposure beyond their "scope of practice."

  • Where can you shadow?
    Shadowing can be set up for all UCHealth facilities in the Denver metro area including University of Colorado Hospital, Lone Tree Clinic, Cherry Creek Clinic, Broomfield Hospital, A.F. Williams Clinic, Sports Medicine Clinic Steadman Hawkins Clinic, etc. The Sponsor will obtain permission from the Clinic manager.

    When/how long can you shadow?
    Max of 12 hours for EOP
    Max of 4 weeks for EAO

    Why shadow?
    Shadowing a physician, nurse, healthcare professional or administrator means that you are following an individual as he/she engages with daily duties. You may observe how the individual interacts with patients, performs procedures, handles the daily schedule, and converses with coworkers. If you are deciding to get into the medical field, shadowing can help you gain exposure to the world of medicine! Through shadowing, you may learn how experts react to various medical situations. It is an excellent way for you to learn how to interact with patients and how to handle all the small day-to-day situations in a work environment. In addition to the work exposure, it also helps you get acquainted with people from the medical world and it is a great time for you to ask qualified professionals all kinds of questions related to the field. For students who are planning to apply to medical school, shadowing is an excellent way to determine whether or not medicine is really the right career to pursue. If you are already a professional, shadowing may be an opportunity to learn cutting-edge processes and procedures. Wherever you decide to gain your shadowing experience, try to get the most out of it. Don't think about it as a resume booster and instead learn as much as you can from the exposure because an experience like this can be a tremendous eye opener that will help enhance your development both professionally as well as personally.

    How do you apply to Shadow?
    Determine your area of interest and where you would like to observe. It is your responsibility, as the Observer, to find your own Sponsor.
    Contact the potential Sponsor and ask to shadow him/her and arrange the date and time. Complete the Shadowing Application online. You will receive a confirmation email when your shadowing request has been processed letting you know that your name is on the list for your day of shadowing. This email will also contain detailed parking information. If you plan on shadowing another time (within you 12 hour lifetime limit) you must submit a separate Information Form for that event, as each EOP/Shadowing event requires a signed document with the specific dates and times for each event.

    To apply for EOP:
    Submit an application by clicking EOP Application . Log into your account and complete the UCHealth Orientation Training and test located under the training tab. You must score 100% to be approved to shadow. Upload a copy of your TB test performed within the last year and your immunization records, including MMR, tDAP, Varicella, and flu shot it if is currently flus season (Oct-May.) Current UCHealth employees to not need to upload immunization records or TB results. Your Sponsor will be contacted via email to approve your shadowing request. EOP applications must be submitted one week prior to the date of shadow.

    To apply for EAO:
    Determine where you would like to observe and who you would like to shadow. It is your responsibility to locate and get the agreement with the person or department with which you would like to shadow. Contact the potential sponsor and ask to shadow him/her and arrange the date and time. Complete the EAO Application at least one month prior to your scheduled shadowing date. The link to complete the application online is: EAO Application. EAO applications must be submitted one month prior to the beginning of the observership.