Educational Observation Process or Shadowing at UCHealth - Anschutz Campus

UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital receives many requests for "shadowing" - where a UCHealth visitor 18 years old and older, observes doctors, nurses, therapists, technicians, and other healthcare providers as they care for patients or perform their day-to-day duties. 

The Educational Observation Program (EOP) or Shadowing at UCHealth is designed to provide a structured educational experience for those visitors.

Sponsors and Observers:

In order to participate in the program, visitors to UCHealth ("participants" or "observers") must secure a sponsor - A UCHealth employee who has made arrangements for the observation and who will accompany the observer at all times during the visit.

  • Observers must be at least 18 years of age and a high school graduate.
  • There is a lifetime limit of 12 hours total for observers regardless of the number of different shadowing sessions.
  • Any UCHealth employee can be a sponsor - the sponsor does not have to be a clinician.
  • Observers must find and get an agreement with their sponsor themselves before starting the application process to "shadow." UCHealth does not find sponsors for people who wish to observe.