Medical Observership and Shadowing

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 the observership request form, which includes a HIPAA/compliance attestation and immunization details (COVID-19 and flu vaccinations are required). We encourage you to reach out and connect with a provider before you submit this form to help expedite your request. Visit our directory and return to this form at a later time to complete. If you chose to submit without identifying a provider, it may delay your request – processing time will increase to four weeks.

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.

  • Required vaccines:
    • COVID-19: Record of two doses of Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, or one dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Observation cannot begin until two weeks after second dose of Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, or single dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
    • Influenza: Flu vaccine for current season (only required from October 1–April 30)

Submit the observership request form.

    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.