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Student Observerships

Observerships are open however a change in the 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.

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.

To arrange for an observership:

  • Students are to find a faculty physician who agrees to supervise the student and allow the student to work with them. Students can search for physicians by searching on the Find a Provider page.

  • Once the student has found a physician whom they can observe, student must review and sign the Agreement for Student Observation, the Information About Children's Mercy Attestation, and complete the Observation Immunization Form with documentation and obtain the required faculty signatures.

  • Required immunizations include:
    • 2 Varivax vaccinations or positive varicella titer.
    • 2 MMR vaccinations or positive titers for rubella, rubeola and mumps.
    • Tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis vaccine (T-dap).
    • Provide an IGRA blood test (T-spot or QFT) or TB skin test (TST) performed within the past 12 months.
    • Proof of current flu vaccine (during flu season).
    • Proof of Covid vaccine.

  • Faculty must initiate the request and are responsible for the observership experience.

  • Students should send both documents to Lisa Kenslow at or fax to (816) 302-9959 for final approval.