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Visiting Students, Residents and Fellows Observerships
Visiting Students, Residents and Fellows Observerships

Medical Student Observerships

It is possible to arrange a half-day to a full-day observership under the supervision of a faculty member at Children's Mercy. 

Medical student observers must be enrolled at a U.S. Allopathic or Osteopathic medical school. Faculty must initiate the request and are responsible for the observership experience. The student is responsible for identifying the faculty supervisor; completing the Student Observership Agreement, signed Information About Children's Mercy document; and obtaining required signatures; and providing materials to Lisa Kenslow at lkenslow@cmh.edu  prior to the start of such observership for final approval.

Non-Medical Student Observerships

Non-medical college students and high school students exploring a career in medicine can seek an observer experience at Children's Mercy.

At Children's Mercy Hospital (main, south and other locations), an observership is considered to be a short-term experience of one-half to one full-day of shadowing a licensed physician supervisor with the main objective for the applicant to get exposure and appreciation for the role of the physician and the specialty. The physician supervisor may not be a resident or fellow. The physician must have full medical staff privileges. The student observer will not have any direct patient contact or responsibility for patient care. The student observer will not earn academic credit for the observership experience.

It is possible to arrange for an observership under the supervision of a faculty member. Students are to find a faculty physician who agrees to allow the student to work with them. Students can search for physicians by searching on the CMH Find-a-Doctor website. Once the student has found a physician whom they can observe, student must submit a complete a Student Observership Agreement; and the signed Information About Children's Mercy document to Lisa Kenslow at lkenslow@cmh.edu or fax to (816)-302-9959.

Observership is limited to one-half to one full-day.

Any of the individuals who belong to the following categories may be approved for observership:

  • High school students
  • University or college students
  • Medical students

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