Medical Observership and Shadowing

To align with Seattle Children’s visitor restrictions in response to COVID-19, we are not currently accepting applications for the Observership Program. Please check back for updates.

Seattle Children's offers medical observerships, an educational opportunity to shadow experts at our world-class hospital.

Medical observerships are intended for:

  • Individuals who are 18 years of age or older and out of high school
  • Individuals who are interested in the medical field
  • Individuals who work in healthcare and are interested in different aspects of a pediatric hospital setting and not seeking or being granted medical education credit. This includes all University of Washington medical students.

Medical observerships do not fulfill requirements for high school senior projects. Those who are still in high school are not allowed to observe. See a description of our opportunities for high school and youth service projects.

If you are interested in observing at Seattle Children's, you must complete an online observership request form and applicable HIPAA paperwork. We ask that you indicate which areas of the hospital you would like to observe (e.g., cardiology clinic, orthopedics, etc.). Please note that not all departments are able to accept observation requests. A description of our departments can be found on the Clinics section of our website.

Submit the appropriate observership request form:

These forms are a request to observe. If the request is granted, you will receive the applicable HIPAA paperwork. This paperwork must be completed, turned in and processed before you can observe. 

The review process takes approximately three weeks. Due to the high volume of requests we receive, we cannot accommodate all of the requests. All requests are subject to availability.

For more information, please see the FAQ.