Job Shadow Program
Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center provides answers to frequently asked questions about the Job Shadow Program.
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.
Registration forms are posted approximately 3 weeks in advance of each event. Applications are accepted for the next job shadow event only. While we attempt to accommodate your first choice, a substitution may occur (second choice) based on staffing and availability.
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.
As long as your completed application is received by the dates specified on the form, 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 one to two weeks prior to an event to confirm your participation.
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 the email address you replied to when you confirmed your attendance. 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.
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.
Hospital staff will meet you on the 1st Floor, outside of the cafeteria, next to the blue dinosaur statue on the morning of your job shadow experience. (See welcome center for directions 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.
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 (513) 803-SAFE 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.