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Denver Health Job Shadowing Program

The Denver Health job shadowing program is designed for students ages 16 years or older who are exploring their career options and wishing to learn more about a particular field or position in a healthcare organization. By shadowing someone at Denver Health, you can see someone at work and begin to understand exactly what types of skills are involved in a position and what you can expect on a daily basis.



  1. Job Shadowing experiences will be approved only for individuals who meet the following requirements:
    1. Currently enrolled in high school, college, or other formal educational program designed for career development or career identification; and
    2. Considering submitting an application for work into health care related fields.
  2. All shadowing individuals must be 14 years of age or older, and there are certain additional age requirements for certain areas of the hospital including the following:
    1. To shadow personnel in the operating room or the intensive care units, the individual must be at least 16 years of age.
    2. To shadow personnel in the Emergency Department, the individual must be at least 18 years of age.
    3. Shadowing is not permitted in the Behavioral Health/psychiatry units and clinics or the Forensic Unit.
  3. This job shadowing procedure does not apply to:
    1. Formal educational experiences. These requests should be directed to the Department of Education for the execution of a Clinical Learning Agreement with the sponsoring school.
    2. Students requesting to complete volunteer work at Denver Health for school credit.
    3. Observation experiences for licensed physicians from the United States or abroad.
    4. Occasional events where relatives bring their children to work (e.g., take your son/daughter to work day).

Additional Information

Denver Health shall retain the right to refuse permission for any reason to an Observer who has requested a shadowing experience. Observers are not permitted to use or disclose protected health information. The staff member the observer is observing is asked to minimize the amount of protected health information they disclose to the observer. Observers shall not perform any direct patient care. When an observer is in attendance in a clinical situation involving examinations, procedures or treatments, the patient must give consent for the observer to be present. Consent is sought without the observer present so that patient is given every opportunity to refuse. Job Shadowing is limited to a total of 40 hours per year. All hours must be completed within a 2-month time frame for that year.