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Professional Observations

Thank you for your interest in completing an observational experience at St. Luke’s! As the largest health care system in the state of Idaho, we receive high volumes of requests for observational experiences. To best serve our patients, staff and current student commitments, we offer limited observational experiences. After reviewing the expectations and requirements below, please complete our Observation Opportunities form to begin the process, which will help us determine if we can host you for an observational experience.


  • Professional observation (shadowing) is a hands-off clinical experience.
  • Observation hours must be completed within 30 days of start date with a minimum of 20 hours and a St. Luke’s lifetime maximum of 80 hours.
  • The number of observations St. Luke’s can accommodate is limited based on preceptor availability and current student volumes. St. Luke's cannot guarantee placement. 
  • Observation onboarding is completed through the online student management platform, myClinicalExchange (mCE). This process can begin once you have been approved for an observation experience. Note: You will be responsible for paying for a six-month mCE subscription fee due before you can begin onboarding.
  • Operating room (OR) and labor and delivery (L&D) observations are not allowed at St. Luke’s.
  • Observations are not allowed at St. Luke’s Canyon View Behavioral Health Services.
  • An observation experience cannot begin until the observer has completed all onboarding requirements and has been issued a St. Luke's Observer Badge.

Required Vaccination Documentation

To protect our patients and staff, you will need to provide vaccination/immunization and testing documentation. Please plan accordingly as you will not be allowed to begin orientation until you have submitted the following items:

  • COVID-19 Vaccine
    • Effective September 1st, 2021, we will require observers to have received, at a minimum, their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Tuberculin Testing
    • Proof of a negative baseline tuberculin skin test (TST) or blood test (TSPOT)
      • If you have received a positive test, you will need to provide documentation of evaluation and treatment from a provider.
  • Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis (Tdap) Vaccine
    • Proof of vaccination within the past 10 years
  • Hepatitis B Vaccine
    • Proof of a series of three hepatitis B vaccines and a negative titer             
  • Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR) Vaccine
    • Proof of two MMR vaccinations or a negative MMR titer
  • Varicella Vaccine
    • Proof of two varicella vaccinations or a negative varicella titer
  • Influenza Vaccine
    • Proof of influenza vaccination during annual flu season (October 1 through March 31)

Observation Opportunities Form

St. Luke's only supports student observation hours when they are a necessary component for application into an educational program. Observation is not for medical residents, career exploration, international medical students, or graduates, high school students, etc.

To determine if St. Luke’s can host you for your observation experience, please complete our Observation Opportunities form.

We look forward to assisting you!

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