• Observe

  • Be an observer at UK HealthCare

    observerUK HealthCare receives frequent requests from students and professionals seeking opportunities to observe/shadow doctors, nurses, therapists, technicians and other healthcare providers as they care for patients or perform their day-to-day duties within our hospital. In support of our commitment to career development, education and training of health care professionals, we provide individuals with observation experiences in various clinical areas and business professional departments. 

    In order to participate in the program, observers must:

    • Secure a sponsor – a current UK HealthCare employee who has made arrangements for the observation and who will accompany the observer at all times during the visit.
    • Be at least 18 years of age or attend a post-secondary institution, including students in cooperative and correspondence study programs and in any non-traditional education delivery process such as distance learning.
    • Provide proof of personal health insurance.

    This educational experience is for observation only; no hands-on contact is permitted with any patient. 

    Important information for observers

    Many rules and regulations must be followed to ensure compliance with state and federal laws and hospital accreditation standards as well as ensure the safety of volunteers, staff and patients.

    1. If you would like to be considered for an educational or observational experience, please complete the forms and provide the documents requested under each tab below and return them to the Office of Observation and Learning Experience at observers@uky.edu. You may also drop off in person at Chandler Hospital Administration, 800 Rose Street, Suite N100.
    2. Per UK HealthCare policy, all required documents must be submitted to the Office of Observation and Learning Experience at least two weeks prior to your anticipated observation start date. We highly recommend that are required documents are submitted as one packet. Partial applications could result in the delay in approval.
    3. If you require any additional information about the observation program, please email us at observers@uky.edu.

  • Experience UK HealthCare

    If you would like to be considered for an educational or observational experience, please complete the following and return to Hospital Administration along with your sponsor approval letter. 

    Application form for observers (PDF, 103 KB) »

  • Orientation guide

    A guide to rules, policies and safety information regarding UK HealthCare. Please return the orientation guide signature page. Orientation Guide (PDF, 656 KB) »

  • Address

    Observation and Learning Experience
    UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital
    Hospital Administration, Room N100
    Lexington KY 40536-0293