"Shadowing" is a job observation in your profession of interest. Completing a job shadow can help you better understand the daily work of professionals in your career interest area. The opportunity to see first-hand the environment in which you may someday work can help you to determine if it is a good match for your interests, skills and values. Job shadowing can also allow you an opportunity to ask specific questions that you have about the career field, and to interact with current professionals and interns. A typical shadow in MLS consists of rotations through hematology, urinalysis, clinical chemistry, transfusion services, and microbiology.
Currently enrolled NDSU students with an interest in working as a Medical Laboratory Scientist may be eligible to complete a job shadow in the Sanford Clinic-Fargo Laboratory. Students new to the MLS major are encouraged to visit with an Allied Sciences staff member to determine if this experience is right for you. For NDSU non-MLS majors, an academic advising appointment is necessary prior to scheduling a shadow.
Scheduling your Shadow
Keep in mind that when you job shadow you will be entering a functioning health care facility in which patient care is the top priority. Space is available on a limited basis, and therefore it is important to plan ahead.
Prior to scheduling a job shadow you will be required to complete the necessary documentation. In addition, you will need to provide proof of a negative tuberculin skin test done within the last 12 months, proof of two doses of varicella vaccine if no prior history of chicken pox, proof of current flu vaccination, and proof of MMR vaccination. Job shadows will be arranged according to availability. Advanced planning is a must. Priority for job shadows will be determined in consultation with the sponsoring hospital. Shadow dates and times will be set after all vaccination and shadow documentation is completed.
Should a student be unable to attend their scheduled job shadow, the student must notify the Department of Allied Sciences and the hospital department representative at least 24 hours in advance of their absence in order to reschedule. Specific contact information will be provided at the time you schedule your shadow. Job shadows will be rescheduled on a date to follow those of students who have completed shadow documentation on file in the Department of Allied Sciences. Failure to contact both the Department of Allied Sciences and the hospital department contact at least 24 hours in advance of an absence, except in the case of an emergency, will result in College Probation (see College of Pharmacy, Nursing and Allied Sciences Student Academic and Conduct Standards Policy 3.01, Professional Misconduct items 3, 4, & 6).