Hospital Observation Program at UH Ahuja in Beachwood, OH

The Observation Program at University Hospitals Ahuja Medical Center is an opportunity for individuals who are interested in health care careers to shadow a hospital worker (sponsor) and learn more about the field. Applicants are required to complete an application, online compliance training, acquire a hospital sponsor, adhere to all health screening requirements and show proof of health care coverage.

Applicants interested in observing in an operating room (OR) must be at least 18 years of age. Observation experiences in an OR are limited to 10 experiences for students under the age of 21 in any one calendar year. To observe in the OR, you must also watch our OR video explaining our processes and take the OR quiz. Please turn in your quiz along with your completed application to the volunteer services coordinator.

Applying for UH Ahuja Observation Program

Applications are processed through an Observation Coordinator. Please review the list below for an Observation Coordinator processing applications in the area you are interested in. Any area has the right to refuse an observation experience if it conflicts with department schedules or if no one is available to coordinate the experience. Applications can be obtained through the link posted under "Helpful Links".

If you are a UH Ahuja Medical Center employee wanting to observe, you do not need to complete this process. Please make arrangements with your manager and sponsor.

All observers are required to complete compliance training (see Helpful Links to the right). Turn in the confirmation page with the completed observation application to the Observation Coordinator.

For High School Nursing Senior Project/Capstone experiences only, please email Kari Polena at or Megan Harper at These experiences are a maximum of 10 days and are only being offered for the months of April and May. Limited opportunities are available and you must acquire a hospital sponsor before submitting an application.

Observation Coordinators

Name Email Address Area of Interest
Paul Benjamin Radiology
Kim Griffin BSN, RN, CCRN ICU
Scott Kline, PT, DPT Rehab Services (Fairlawn location only)
Jane Reed Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute
Julie Snyder, PT, DPT Physical Therapy

If you are a University Hospitals Ahuja Medical Center employee and are interested in becoming an Observation Coordinator for your area, please complete the LMS training course titled “Observation Training GM-38 Online”. Once completed and approved, your name and email address will be added to the list above for observers to contact.

During this time of transition, The Volunteer Services Department will provide support and paperwork as the departments now coordinate these experiences.