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Pre-Professional Observation Experiences

Observations are available for students that are required to observe in order to apply for an educational program. For example, pre-medical students are required to observe before applying to medical school. Observing is different than volunteering. If you are interested in volunteering, please visit Donate or Volunteer.

Important notes to remember during your observation experiences:

  • Observations are hands-off student experiences, patient care is not permitted.
  • Operating room observations are not permitted.

St. Luke's Observation Process and Requirements

Contact your St. Luke's student coordinator at a least four weeks prior to observing to allow time for student orientation. 

Required Vaccinations/Immunizations and Tests

Provide a copy of vaccination/immunization and testing documents to your coordinator to confirm compliance. 

  • 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

Observation Registration Steps

  1. Complete the student registration form and email it to your coordinator.
  2. Complete online orientation/training assignments.
  3. Contact your coordinator to schedule a time to pick up your St. Luke's student ID badge.