College and High School Student Observerships
Observerships will reopen on May 16, 2022. In addition to the requirements indicated below, all Observers must provide COVID-19 vaccine documentation and be masked while in public and clinical areas of the hospital. A change in local COVID-19 rates could result in the cancellation of Observerships. Observerships remain limited in length to 1 day or a combined 8 hours.
Non-Medical Student (and Allied Health) Observerships
Non-medical college students and high school students exploring a career in medicine or allied health can seek an observer experience at Children's Mercy.
At Children's Mercy (Adele Hall, Kansas, 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.
To arrange for an observership:
Once the student has found a physician whom they can observe, student must review and sign the Agreement for Student Observation and the Information About Children's Mercy brochure and obtain the required faculty signatures.
Students should send both documents to Lisa Kenslow at GMEAdmin@cmh.edu or fax to (816) 302-9959.