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Due to high demand for clinical experiences, St. Luke’s observations are limited to those who need clinical observation hours as an application requirement. For example, pre-medical student applications require 40 hours of clinical observation. 

Observing is different than volunteering. If you are interested in volunteering, please visit Donate or Volunteer.

Expectations

  • Professional observation (shadowing) is a hands-off clinical experience.
  • Operating room and labor and delivery observations are not allowed at St. Luke’s. Please do not attempt to observe in these areas.
  • Observation hours must be completed within 30 days of start date with a minimum of 20 hours and a St. Luke’s lifetime maximum of 80 hours.
  • The number of observations St. Luke’s can accommodate is limited per month. 
  • Requests must be submitted at least 3 weeks prior to start date using our student software program: myClinicalExchange (mCE). All onboarding requirements must be completed at least 2 weeks prior to start date. Note: There will be an $18.50 mCE subscription fee for you to begin onboarding.
  • No observational experiences can begin until observers have completed our required onboarding and have been provided a St. Luke’s observer ID badge.
  • St. Luke’s employees completing observer hours for application into a school program must adhere to this process.

Criteria

To be eligible for an observation experience, you will be required to email vaccination/immunization and testing documents to your coordinator. Please plan accordingly as you will not be allowed to begin orientation until you have submitted the following:

  • Tuberculin Testing
    • Proof of a tuberculin skin test (TST) within the last 12 months
      • If the TST is done by a 2-step boosted process, it must be verified by a primary care provider unless you test positive or have been medically deferred by a provider
      • The TST must be read 48 to 72 hours after placement
    • Or, interferon gamma release assay (IGRA) within the last 12 months. An IGRA is a type of blood test for detection of mycobacterium tuberculosis infection both latent tuberculosis infection and active tuberculosis disease
  • Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis
    • To be completed within the past 10 years
  • Hepatitis B Vaccine
    • Proof of a series of three hepatitis B vaccines and a negative titer             
  • Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR)
    • Proof of two MMR vaccinations or a negative MMR titer
  • Varicella
    • Proof of two varicella vaccinations or a negative varicella titer
  • Influenza
    • Proof of influenza vaccination during annual flu season

Next Steps

Once you’ve met the observer criteria and expectations above, please select the appropriate link below for next steps with respect to your course of study.

If you need any assistance with creating or navigating your myClinicalExchange account, go to myClinicalExchange.com and click “Contact” in the top right corner, or email support@myclinicalexchange.com.