Shadow Opportunities


University Hospitals Portage Medical Center offers several types of opportunities for short-term observational learning experiences for high school, college and adult students pursuing healthcare careers. The process to apply for a shadow experience depends on the age of the applicant.

Note: UH Portage Medical Center has a mandatory flu vaccination policy for all employees, volunteers, contracted workers and shadow students. Students wanting to shadow at UH Portage Medical Center must provide proof of receiving a flu vaccine during current flu season – either by a receipt showing the student's name and detail of service from the provider, an insurance benefits explanation or detailed note from a physician. Students can bring their vaccine documentation the morning of their assigned shadow experience. Students who do not provide proof of receiving a flu vaccination will not be allowed to shadow.

Adult and College Shadow

College students and adults interested in a short-term observational experience in a specific healthcare field should fill out the shadow application and return it to Volunteer Services.

You will be contacted by a member of the Volunteer Services Department staff to confirm a date and time for the shadow experience.

High School Shadow

UH Portage Medical Center offers shadow experience days for high school students through the Northeast Ohio Nursing Initiative (NEONI). Students can register for a shadow experience by going to NEONI, using the high school’s user name and passcode obtained through the school guidance office. Students are encouraged to sign up early since there is a limit on the number of students accepted each month.

Shadow experiences for high school students are offered in the following healthcare fields:

  • Laboratory Technologist
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Radiology Technologist
  • Respiratory Therapist

Scheduled program days begin 8:30 a.m. and conclude by 1 p.m. Lunch is provided.

Shadow Application

Helpful Links

* Compliance training site
* Observation Application
* Watch OR Video
* Download OR Quiz

All observers are required to complete compliance training. Turn in confirmation page with completed observation application to the Observation Coordinator. For questions, call 330-297-2591.

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