Job Shadow Program

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center provides answers to frequently asked questions about the Job Shadow Program.

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    + I am younger than 18, do I need my parents to sign the Job Shadow Application Form?

    Yes. If you are under 18, your parent(s) or legal guardian(s) must sign the Job Shadow Application Form in order for you to participate in the job shadow program.

    + I have completed the Job Shadow Registration Form and I / my parent / guardian has signed it. What should I do next?

    Fax your completed registration form to 513-803-6114.

    + How far in advance should I submit my Job Shadow Registration Form?

    The registration form should be submitted at least four weeks prior to the date in which you would like to shadow, but not more than three (3) months in advance. Please see the application form for the dates being offered. We will attempt to meet your first choice for attendance, yet there is a 20 person limit for each available date. All attempts to schedule you with the requested department will be made, but substitute departments may occur due to staff schedules and availability

    + Are there certain areas that will not accept Job Shadow Program participants?

    Yes. Patient Care units that serve high risk patients will not accept Job Shadow Program participants. Examples of some areas include all Intensive Care Units, Hematology / Oncology and the operating rooms.

    + I have submitted my form. What happens next?

    As long as your form is received at least four (4) weeks prior to your desired job shadow date, your application will be reviewed to ensure that all requirements have been met. We are only able to accommodate 20 individuals each month, so applications are considered on a first come, first serve basis. Provided a health care professional is available in the area where you have requested an observation, you will be contacted by email and/or phone one to two weeks prior to an event to confirm your participation.

    + I have been scheduled to Job Shadow at Cincinnati Children's and I seem to be coming down with a cold. What should I do?

    Because patient safety is our number one priority, no unhealthy person will be permitted to participate in the Job Shadow Program. Should you become ill prior to your scheduled Job Shadow experience, please contact the Job Shadow Program Coordinator at JobShadow@cchmc.org. (Please be sure to include your name and phone number in the email message.) You will receive priority placement in the same area once you are healthy. Participants who arrive for their Job Shadow experience symptomatic will not be permitted to participate.

    + Where should I park on the day of my job shadow experience?

    Job Shadow Program participants should park in the visitor's parking lot on the day of their shadow experience. Try to park in Location D if possible; however, parking in other locations is acceptable. Please be sure to bring your parking ticket inside with you as it will be validated. This way, you will not be charged for parking that day.

    + Where will I meet hospital staff on the day of my job shadow experience?

    Hospital staff will meet you inside your assigned room on the morning of your Job Shadow experience. (See Welcome Center for directions to assigned room if needed.) All Job Shadow Program participants should arrive by 7 am that morning in order to participate in the program's education and health screening component. Students who fail to participate in this part of the program will not be permitted to participate.

    + What should I do if I come down with Chicken Pox, Measles, or some other communicable disease within 48 hours after participating in the Job Shadow Program at Cincinnati Children's?

    If you develop Chicken Pox, Measles, high fever or some other communicable disease within 48 hours after your Job Shadow experience it is very important that you contact us at JobShadow@cchmc.org immediately. (Be sure to include your name and phone number in the email so you can be contacted by Cincinnati Children's staff.) This will allow us to contact the appropriate individuals in an effort to prevent a potentially harmful outbreak that would threaten the health of our patients as well as our healthcare workers.