The Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) Observational Experience program allows students and working professionals to learn about careers in health care.      
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           PLEASE NOTE:
No observational experiences will be scheduled between October 1, 2017 and December 1, 2017!  


  • This program is observational only. There is no hands-on activity allowed.
  • High school students must be at least 16 years of age.
  • EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2017, applicants may request one observational experience per calendar year, not to exceed eight (8) hours.
    If additional hours are requested based on school program requirements, accommodations will be made on a case by case basis.
  • Observers are only allowed to shadow in the Children's OR for a one day, 8-hour time period.  No high school students are permitted.  (NO EXCEPTIONS)
  • Observers are limited in some clinical areas in the Children's Hospital for the safety of patients and the observers.

Background checks will be required for all observers age 18 and older. See the Requirements and Application section for more information.

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