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Can I perform any procedures?

No, shadowing is observation only. If any attempt at a hands on experience is made, you will be sent home immediately and flagged on all future job shadowing applications. 

What does the job shadow application entail?

There are five forms within the application that must be filled out and signed. The first form is the application itself. The second form is the immunization form. Here you record the date and place you were vaccinated. Photocopies of these vaccinations must be attached to your application. The remaining three forms are the program participant waiver warning, the confidentiality and security agreement and the acknowledgement checklist. In addition, applicants must watch a brief program guide video and pass an online quiz about the program. 

What vaccinations do I need to job shadow?

  • Two varicella shots or proof of chickenpox immunity
  • Two measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) shots or proof of immunity
  • Tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (Tdap) shot
  • Flu shot (only required during flu season) 
  • Tuberculosis (TB) test, read within the last 12 months

View our vaccination requirements to learn more.

How do I know what I scored on the quiz?

You won’t know your quiz score immediately. Scores are automatically sent to the Education Center. After submitting a complete application, the Education Center will notify you if the quiz needs to be retaken.

How old do you have to be to job shadow?

The minimum age to job shadow is 16. No exceptions will be made for anyone under the age of 16. You must be 18 to job shadow in the Pediatric Department.

How do I submit an application?

Complete the Adult Shadowing Application. Applicants who are 16 or 17 years old must download and submit the pdf version of the application from the Job Shadowing webpage, complete with a parent or guardian signature.

Can employees job shadow?

Yes, employees can job shadow. Employees are not required to complete the entire application, but are required to submit a participation waiver and check in before they are authorized to shadow. These materials are included in the Adult Shadowing Application. Please contact the Education Center to receive the check in link. Checking in is mandatory for all shadowing experiences.

Once my application is approved, how long do I have to job shadow?

About 90 days. If you have not job shadowed within that time period, contact the Education Center and receive an extension. 

I’ve had the chicken pox. Do I still need the Varicella vaccine?

No, but you will need a document on official letterhead with your physician’s signature stating you have been exposed to the chicken pox and are immune.  You may also submit positive titer results to prove immunity. For more information on how to get a titer drawn, see “Where can I get vaccinated?”

Where can I get vaccinated?

  • Your primary care provider
  • Westside Public Health Center, a division of Springfield-Greene County Health Department; 417-874-1220
  • Your local county health department; a directory can be found online at
  • Jordan Valley Community Health Center; 417-831-0191
  • Any Lab Test Now, 1921 E. Independence Ave. Springfield, MO; 417-889-8378
  • Request A Test, 1310 E. Kingsley St. Springfield, MO; 417-882-2900
  • Various Walgreens, Walmart, Hy-Vee and CVS locations 

Do I need to do anything else once I have scheduled my shadowing experience?

Yes. After you receive instructions on how to schedule your shadowing experience, you will make reservations with a provider. To receive approval for those reservations, you are required to check in with the link provided to you. 

If I want to shadow more, do I have to check-in again?

Yes, each shadowing experience must be checked-in.

How long does it take to receive written authorization after I have checked-in online?

You will receive authorization in three business days after the planned shadowing has been checked in with the link provided by the Education Center. See step five, above.

How long can I shadow in a single department?

You may shadow in a single department for up to five days. Anything longer than five days in the same department must be approved by the Vice President of Human Resources.

Can I shadow a family member?

Yes, but it must be approved by the Vice President of the department you plan to shadow.