The Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) Observational Experience program allows students and working professionals to learn about careers in health care. This program is strictly observational only, there is no hands-on activity permitted. No physician observations will be scheduled on the weekends or holidays.
Applicants may request one observational experience per calendar year, not to exceed eight (8) hours. Additional hours may be requested based on school program requirements, however, accommodations may not be feasible and are made on a case by case basis and only if a preceptor is confirmed in advance.
Observers are limited in some clinical areas for the safety of patients and the observers. No high school students are permitted in the Operating Rooms, Emergency Departments, or Pediatric Intensive Care Units.
Observations are limited to one, 8-hour shadowing opportunity in the Children's Hospital Operating Rooms per calendar year. NO EXCEPTIONS!!!!
The VOE program requires the one-step TB test if you are observing less than 2 weeks, an observation over 2 weeks will require the two-step TB test.
To begin your VUMC Observational Experience request, click on one of the following which best describes you to obtain specific information.