Student interested in shadowing a healthcare provider in the Lakeland area are eligible to request a clinical observation experience via the placement process. As of Summer 2018, the placement program is limited to students who have already been accepted into the FSC Pre-Professional Program, P3. Through this process, the Career and Internship Coordinator will work to secure you a position with a site that will provide a meaningful and worthwhile experience.
To participate in the Professional Observation Placement Program facilitated by the Career and Internship Coordinator:
Students must secure a professional observation experience PRIOR to the start of the upcoming semester. Therefore, it is recommended that students initiate the steps below at least 8 weeks before the start of the upcoming semester:
Once a placement is secured by the Career and Internship Coordinator, the student agrees to accept the placement and actively participate in the responsibilities assigned.
Although students are able to secure their own positions, without the assistance of the Career and Internship Coordinator, all students are encouraged to complete the Professional Observation Agreement and Code of Conduct (if applicable) prior to beginning the experience. These documents can be found in the Professional Observation Guide section at the top of the page.
Although there is not a specific form you need to use to track your activities (other than notifying the Career and Internship Coordinator of your experience by completing the Professional Observation Agreement Form or Internship Form), you will want to keep a journal of your experiences. This journal is for your personal record keeping and should list the experience start/end dates, supervisor information, average hours shadowed/volunteered per week, and your reflections on the experience including great moments, terrible moments, "ah-ha" moments, great patients/clients, difficulty patients/clients, hot topics in the field, new philosophies, new technology/devices you saw, etc. Be sure to notate the specific procedure names as well as medical/scientific terminology.
Students who do not qualify for a professional observation placement or who wish to secure their own experience have helpful information at their disposal. Great tips and information can be found here: Professional Observation Experiences. Generally, the process of researching facilities, outreaching to individuals, and securing an opportunity takes multiple weeks. Therefore, it is recommended that students begin the steps below well in advance of their intended start date.
You can find additional information about Professional Observation Experiences here.
For more information please contact the Career and Internship Coordinator, Lauren Albaum, at firstname.lastname@example.org.