Shadowing is important if you’re planning on a career in healthcare. It’s also notoriously difficult to get!
If you live in Miami and the surrounding area these physician shadowing opportunities could be good for you.
List of Physician Shadowing Programs in Miami
Baptist Health Observer Program
Prospective applicants may choose to shadow under the supervision of a Baptist Health employee or medical staff member, including physicians. Observers may shadow on rounds, watch procedures and attend teaching conferences.
The Observer program is open to anyone over the age of 16.
The duration of the observership is at the discretion of the clinician and can last up to four weeks.
An administrative fee is required. Please see the website for more information.
- Name: Baptist Health South Florida
- Location: Coral Gables, FL
- Phone: 786-467-2633
- Contact: Observer@BaptistHealth.net
- Website: https://learning.baptisthealth.net/student-and-visitor-programs/job-shadowing-and-externships/observer-program
Larkin Community Hospital
South Miami’s Larkin Community Hospital has shadowing programs for Larkin College’s students of allied health subjects. Students have the opportunity to choose from the following departments:
- Clinical Surgery
- Internal/Family Medicine
- Neuroscience/Gamma Knife
- Critical Care
Non-affiliated individuals may want to reach out to see about the availability of observerships, shadowing and more.
- Name: Larkin Community Hospital
- Location: 7031 SW 62nd Avenue South Miami, FL 33143
- Phone: 305-284-7500
- Website: https://www.ularkin.org/student-services/shadowing/
Miami Children’s Hospital Shadowing Program
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital (Miami Children’s Hospital) has a number of shadowing, observership and internship programs aimed at high school, nursing, undergraduate and general students.
Interns will recieve hands on experience, collaboration with highly regarded professionals and a chance to learn at one of the nation’s top Children’s Hospitals.
- Name: Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
- Location: 3100 S.W. 62nd AveMiami, FL 33155
- Phone: 305-666-6511
- Website: https://www.nicklauschildrens.org/medical-professionals/for-students
Observership Program at the University of Miami Hospital & Clinics
The University of Miami School of Medicine/Jackson Memorial Hospital provides clinical externships (electives) for students enrolled in medical schools accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).
The following types of programs are available:
Externships and Observerships: Available for visiting and international students.
Global Observership Program: Offers qualified foreign medical students and physicians one- to three-month rotations at the University to observe the activities of a particular department, division, center or institute.
Virtual Observerships: The International Medicine Institute’s Medical Training Program is now offering virtual programs in several medical specialties.
- Name: University of Miami/Jackson Health
- Location: Various Locations
- Phone: 305-243-9200
- Contact: IMI-HarringtonTrainingPrograms@miami.edu
- Website: http://admissions.med.miami.edu/md-programs/visiting-students/externships-and-observerships
Other opportunities for hospital-based shadowing in Miami
Official shadowing programs aside, it’s worth spending some time reading about possible hospital volunteering programs in Miami and the surrounding area.
Signing up to volunteer can help you build a network among physicians, nurses, physician assistants and other health workers that you might lead to shadowing opportunities.
Check out our list of opportunities for hospital volunteering in Miami here.
What about private shadowing?
Setting up your own physician shadowing program is another option.
You can reach out to Miami-based physicians independently and politely request opportunity for shadowing/observerships.
The best way to do this could be via LinkedIn or contacting hospital/physician pages directly via email or phone.
I want to shadow a certain specialty doctor, what can I do?
If you’re looking to learn more about the various medical specialty’s then shadowing is a great idea.
Landing opportunities is broadly the same across all areas of medicine and health. You’ll want to contact departments directly and see if they can put you in contact with specialist healthcare workers.
Physician or hospital-based shadowing is important for students looking to apply and learn more about various healthcare education programs.
Hopefully the programs above can help people local to Miami achieve exactly that!
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