IU Health Bloomington offers shadowing opportunities to students and individuals who are at least 15 years of age who wish to fulfill educational requirements or to explore healthcare careers. Please see the application for areas that are currently accepting shadowers. We concentrate on serving those individuals who live or go to school in our 10 county service area: Brown, Daviess, Greene, Jackson, Lawrence, Martin, Monroe, Orange, Owen, and Washington counties.
Shadowing is an observation-only experience for a period of up to 25 hours. Please see the Frequently Asked Questions below.
Shadowing requests for areas other than rehabilitation services are accepted year-round.
Rehabilitation Services shadowing applications will only be accepted during the below time periods:
Summer: Applications accepted March 22 – April 15
Placements scheduled between May 11 – August 14
Fall: Applications accepted July 1 – August 14
Placements scheduled between September 7 – December 12
Spring: Applications accepted from November 1 – December 15
Placements scheduled between January 12 – April 30
- Complete the appropriate Student Placement Shadowing Application
- Shadowing Application (professions in areas other than rehabilitation)
- Rehabilitation Shadowing Application (physical therapist, occupational therapist, speech therapist). See application time frames listed above.
- Read the Student In-service before answering the quiz questions included in the application
Review the Rehabilitation Services document for a summary of different therapy settings and therapist positions.
- You will be notified by email if IU Health Bloomington is able to place you in a shadowing experience. The email will instruct you to make an appointment with the Student Placement Coordinator and to bring documents to verify the mandatory immunization requirements
If you are under the age of 18 and/or a high school student, a parent or guardian must sign the Parental Minor Consent Form for you to be eligible to start your shadowing experience.
Student Placement Services contact information:
IU Health Bloomington
Student Placement Services
PO Box 1149
Bloomington, IN 47402
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SHADOWING AND AN INTERNSHIP?
A: Shadowing is a strictly “observation only” experience that lasts for a period of 25 hours or less. An internship is the experience given to an individual seeking to complete educational program requirements who desires a “limited hands-on” or “project related” experience in one department for a period of more than 25 hours. **Only students who are fulfilling educational program requirements will be considered for internships.
Q: WHAT DEPARTMENTS CAN I CHOOSE FROM TO SHADOW OR COMPLETE MY INTERNSHIP?
A: Many different areas of the hospital are available to students who would like to shadow or complete an internship. For a specific list of areas, please refer to the Student Placement Application.
Q: WHAT IF I WANT TO SHADOW OR INTERN WITH A PHYSICIAN?
A: Individuals who wish to shadow or intern with a physician must contact the physician’s office and obtain a physician sponsorship. Once that has been done, they must contact the Student Placement Services office at 812.353.5527 for further instruction.
Q: HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO PROCESS MY STUDENT PLACEMENT APPLICATION?
A: The length of time may vary for processing depending on the number of applications pending and department activity. We will try to accommodate as many requests as possible while maintaining patient care as our number one priority and providing quality experiences for students.
Q: AFTER I AM ACCEPTED, WHY DO I HAVE TO READ THROUGH THE STUDENT MANDATORY INFORMATION?
A: The mandatory section of this website contains information that has medico, legal, and workplace health and safety implications for anyone working in an IU Health Bloomington facility. The website was created to educate student health professionals about policies, procedures, and workplace expectations that will influence the way a student will conduct themselves while at IU Health Bloomington. It is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to know about and understand the content of the website.
By signing the Student Agreement/Acknowledgement form, you are indicating that the content of this website is both read and understood. While much of the information may be considered “common sense”, a lot of it is specific to IU Health Bloomington and will be new to anyone who has not worked within this hospital.
Finally, if you have not completed the checklist prior to beginning your placement, you may find that your access to IU Health Bloomington is delayed.
Q: THIS IS MY SECOND PLACEMENT AT IU HEALTH BLOOMINGTON, DO I HAVE TO READ IT ALL AGAIN?
A: All interns are required to submit the initial paperwork. If there is a lapse in time of more than one month between your student experiences, you will need to resubmit a new set of paperwork. If your placement moves to another department within the hospital without a lapse, you will not need to fill out new paperwork.
Q: WHAT IS TUBERCULOSIS AND THE TWO-STEP TST?
A: TB, or tuberculosis, is a disease caused by bacteria called Mycobacterium Tuberculosis. The bacteria can attack any part of your body, but they usually attack the lungs. TB is spread through the air from one person to another.
The two-step Tuberculosis Skin Test (TST) is an antigen used to aid in the diagnosis of tuberculosis infection. A healthcare worker can give you the TST (formerly PPD Series). The healthcare worker will inject a small amount of testing fluid (called tuberculin) just under the skin on the lower part of your arm. You may have a small bump where the tuberculin was injected. After 2 or 3 days, the healthcare worker will measure this bump and tell you if your reaction to the test is positive or negative. A positive reaction usually means that you have a latent TB infection not TB disease. If you have a positive reaction to the skin test, your doctor or nurse may do other tests (Example: a chest x-ray) to see if you have TB disease. Because the TB bacteria may be found somewhere besides your lungs, your doctor or nurse may check your blood or urine, or do other tests. If you have TB disease, you will need to take medicine to cure the disease.
IU Health Bloomington's Employee Health Services department requires a two-step series (the process mentioned above must be completed twice). TSTs are provided free-of-charge for all approved interns by Employee Health Services. Please see the Tuberculosis Skin Test Informatio Sheet.
Q: WHEN CAN I GET THE TST?
A: After you have been notified from Student Placement Services that you have been accepted for your internship or shadowing, you are required to turn in the Student Placement Packet. You will then need to complete the mandatory checklist. You will take this checklist to IU Health Bloomington’s Employee Health Services. IU Health Bloomington Employee Health Services offers walk-in hours, so you do not need to make an appointment. You may visit them on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Friday between 8:00a – 9:00a or from 1:00p – 1:30p. It will only take a moment of your time. Employee Health Services is located in the red brick Medical Arts Building at 619 West First Street (next door to HR/Student Placement Services).
Q: WHAT IF I HAVE ALREADY HAD A TST WITHIN THE PAST TWELVE MONTHS?
A: Documentation of the TST must be provided (it must include the date and time it was placed), and this will be counted as the first step. Then the student will have to have one more test (placement and reading) by IU Health Bloomington’s Employee Health Services (free).
Q: WHERE DO I FIND THE INFORMATION FOR THE HEALTH SCREENING FORM?
A: Many of the questions relate to your childhood vaccinations. Most of these must be kept up-to-date in order to be accepted into a college or university. A copy of these records must be provided to complete this page. You may obtain these records from your family physician or the college or university health center.
Q: AS A SHADOWER, DO I HAVE TO COMPLETE THE TUBERCULOSIS TESTING AND TURN IN IMMUNIZATION RECORDS?
A: Yes, all shadowers are required to meet the immunization requirements including MMR, Varicella, Influenza (if shadowing any time from October- March), and the Tuberculosis testing.
Q: WHAT IS A MMR?
A: MMR is the combined vaccine against measles, mumps, and rubella and is usually a childhood vaccination. It is known as the safest way to protect children and adults against these diseases.
Q: WHAT IS RUBELLA IGG?
A: Rubella – commonly known as German measles or 3-day measles – is an infection that primarily affects the skin and lymph nodes. It is caused by the rubella virus (not the same virus that causes measles), which is usually transmitted by secretions from the nose or throat.
Q: WHAT DOES THIS POSITIVE VARICELLA IGG MEAN?
A: This is a blood test in order to determine if a person has antibodies for the chicken pox disease in their system. A positive Varicella IgG means the individual is not susceptible to Chickenpox (Varicella) disease because they have previously had Chickenpox disease.
Q: WHAT IS HEPATITIS B DISEASE?
A: It is caused by the hepatitis B virus that attacks the liver. The virus is transmitted through blood and infected bodily fluids. This can occur through direct blood-to-blood contact, unprotected sex, use of unsterile needles, and from an infected woman to her newborn during the delivery process.
Q: WHICH BOXES DO I CHECK UNDER THE HEPATITIS B WAIVER?
A: IU Health Bloomington will not provide the Hepatitis B Vaccine. It is important for students to understand we recommend the Hepatitis B vaccine for students in patient-care environments. Therefore, if a student has not completed the Hepatitis B vaccination series (3 doses over 6 month period and a surface antibody blood test drawn at least 4 weeks after the 3rd vaccination) and does not wish to go to their physician or university health center to obtain the vaccination series, they should check the box “I decline the Hep B. vaccine because” and circle the reasons
If a student has already had the vaccination, they should check the first box, "I have provided documentation with this packet." Please note, if you check this section, you are required to provide IU Health Bloomington with the medical vaccination record when you turn in the “Intern Packet.”
Q: WHERE DO I TURN IN THE COMPLETED STUDENT PLACEMENT PACKET WHEN I AM FINISHED?
A: You will need to make an appointment to come to the Student Placement Services Office. Contact us 812.353.5527 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.