Job-Shadowing Program

Our job shadowing program provides current or prospective healthcare students a chance to observe healthcare professionals in a workplace setting. We are happy to consider high school students at least 16 years of age, and college students majoring in a healthcare-related field of study.

You will have the opportunity to shadow a healthcare professional for a maximum of four hours, with the ability to shadow twice per year.

The number of students accepted at any time, in any given department, will depend on organizational capacity and priorities.

Program Goals

Our goal is to provide you with the opportunity to learn more about healthcare career options, as well as with the education and skills required for different occupations in the healthcare field.

You will:

  • Observe daily routines of healthcare providers.
  • Begin to identify career interests in healthcare.
  • Gain awareness of the academic, technical and personal skills required in healthcare professions.
  • Gain an understanding of the work environment that can be unique to a particular department/profession.
  • Develop an understanding of the critical connections between school, work and goal attainment.

If you would like to participate in a shadowing experience, please review and complete all three of the below forms, and send them to Brandon Monk, Community Health Coordinator, at or:

Brandon Monk
Community Health and Engagement
Reading Hospital
PO Box 16052
Reading, PA 19612-6052

Students are responsible for speaking with their individual guidance offices about shadowing opportunities, and the requirements necessary to complete an experience.


Q: Who do I contact for shadowing opportunities?
Brandon Monk, Community Health Coordinator
Email: or call 484-628-4977

Q: Who is able to shadow?
We are happy to except high school student’s 10th-12th grade. Students under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian sign off on the shadowing request form.

Q: Will I work with patients?
No, there will be no hands-on work with patients. Though, you will be able to observe normal activity and procedures.

Q: If I apply for a shadowing experience does that mean my application will be accepted?
No, due to the volume of applications and student requests not all students that apply will be accepted for a shadowing experience.

Q: What will I get out of shadowing a professional?
Students will gain an understanding of the work environment, observe daily routines, Interact with professionals, and discuss any questions about the department occupations.

Q: Can I shadow in the department of my choice?
We do allow students to request a specific department they would like to shadow, but due to the volume of requests and preceptor availability not all students will shadow in their requested department.