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Job Shadow Program

Job shadowing is an impactful experience for everyone involved: students, educators, and employers. At every level, unique perspectives, lessons, and skills are cultivated through this experience:

For students, job shadowing offers the opportunity to learn, observe, and develop relationships with healthcare professionals. It exposes them to various career possibilities in the healthcare industry and helps them identify their specific areas of interest.

For educators, a job shadow placement is a great way to motivate a student in the classroom and to help affirm the value of what is taught in math and science classes. Also, having a student complete a job shadow provides an in-class resource for other students with the same field of interest.

Finally, for employers, hosting a job shadow student promotes long-term mentoring relationships and helps prepare the future workforce. This also serves as a unique future recruiting opportunity for the healthcare provider after the students complete their higher education in their chosen healthcare career field. 

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Frequently Asked Questions About
Available Job Shadowing Opportunities

How does the proccess work?

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FDRHPO offers job shadowing opportunities to both high school and post-secondary students, as well as to adults in Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence Counties and Military Spouses, Reservists, and transitioning Service Members who are interested in pursuing a career in any healthcare field.

A student in the High School Job Shadow Program will spend 16-24 hours observing in a healthcare facility. As part of the 16- to 24-hour shadowing experience, students will observe daily responsibilities and work environments of specific healthcare roles of interest. Job shadowing enables students to identify their passions and provides opportunities to network and develop relationships with local healthcare professionals who can help make a positive impact on future career decisions.

A student in the Post-Secondary Job Shadow Program (college and adult level) will spend 16-24 hours observing in a healthcare facility. As part of the shadowing experience, you will observe daily responsibilities and work environments of specific healthcare roles. Job shadowing enables students to identify their passions and provides opportunities to network and develop relationships with local healthcare professionals who can help make a positive impact on future career decisions.

The Adult Job Shadow program offers participants a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the healthcare field for 16-24 hours. Through this experience, individuals will gain firsthand insight into the daily responsibilities and work environments of various healthcare roles. By shadowing professionals in action, participants can pinpoint their areas of interest and forge valuable connections with local healthcare experts. These connections not only enrich their understanding of potential career paths but also pave the way for mentorship and guidance, empowering them to make informed decisions about their future in healthcare.

The Health Career Army Pathway Program (HCAPP) is a free program designed to help Military Spouses, Reservists, and transitioning Service Members who are interested in pursuing a career in any healthcare field. The program is approximately 12 weeks and is tailored to each individual. During the 10-12 weeks in the program, we have individual sessions one per week lasting between 1-1 ½ hours each. Provide access to resources that cover subjects such as: Social Networking, Interview Preparation, Cultural Competency, and job specific information. The individual sessions are designed to be around your area of interest and may include the following: • Education Mapping • Career Mapping • Professional Resume Development • Cover Letters • One-on-one with a Subject Matter Expert who works in the field or from a university you are interested in attending so you can learn how to better prepare yourself to get in their program. We do offer a Job Shadow experience as part of the program that is 3-5 days long (depending on the location it could be longer) where you get to shadow someone in the field you are interested with one of the local hospitals and/ or outpatient practice.

One of the greatest advantages of job shadowing is that it helps define a pathway toward career goals and provides a real-time, real-life experience placing students “in the shoes” of a healthcare professional.

How do I apply?

High school students must email a completed application to workforce@fdrhpo.org or send it to the FDRHPO office by submitting online, by direct mail or email to workforce@fdrhpo.org. All applicants will be reviewed and ranked based on the quality of their application and the availability of placement sites for their field of interest. FDRHPO works to ensure that all students have the opportunity to participate; however, due to limited capacity for placements in the community, students are encouraged to seek other volunteer opportunities while they are waiting to be a part of FDRHPO’s program.

To be eligible for the program, the applicant must:

  • Be a high school student in Jefferson, Lewis or Southern St. Lawrence County

  • Provide evidence of being in good academic standing

  • Be in high school (grades 9-12)

Once accepted into the Job Shadow program, all students will need the following:

  • A copy of an up-to-date immunization record

  • Proof of a health physical (within the past year)

  • Proof of a Tuberculosis/ppd Skin Test and results (within the past year)

  • Documentation of any allergies

  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Training & Orientation

Post-secondary students must submit a completed application to the FDRHPO office by submitting online, by direct mail or email to workforce@fdrhpo.org. All applicants will be reviewed and ranked based on the quality of their application and the availability of placement sites for their field of interest. FDRHPO works to ensure that all students have the opportunity to participate; however, due to limited capacity for placements in the community, students are encouraged to seek other volunteer opportunities while they are waiting to be a part of FDRHPO’s program.

In order to be eligible for the program, the applicant must:

  • Be a matriculated student of a medical, behavioral or allied health post-secondary program; and

  • Provide evidence of being in good academic standing (signature of academic advisor on the application)

Once accepted into the Post-Secondary Shadow Program, all students will need the following:

  • A copy of an up-to-date immunization record

  • Proof of a health physical (within the past year)

  • Proof of a Tuberculosis Skin Test (ppd) (within the past year)

  • Documentation of any allergies

  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Training and Orientation

To apply for the Adult Job Shadow Program, a completed application must be submitted to the FDRHPO office by fax, mail or email to workforce@fdrhpo.org. After submission, the FDRHPO Workforce Outreach Manager will review the application, coordinate placements, and be the point of contact. Placement of all job shadow opportunities will be based on the availability of the placement sites for the field of interest identified on the application. Please also note, that once the placement site has been selected, you may be asked to complete additional site-specific paperwork.

 

***In addition to the application, please submit the following:

• A copy of an up-to-date immunization record (must include proof of MMR and Varicella vaccination)

• Proof of a health physical (within the past year)

• Documentation of any allergies

To apply for the Health Career Army Pathway Program, a completed application must be submitted to the FDRHPOoffice by submitting online, by direct mail or email to workforce@fdrhpo.org. After submission, the FDRHPO Workforce Outreach Manager will review the application, coordinate placements, and be the point of contact. Placement of all job shadow opportunities will be based on the availability of the placement sites for the field of interest identified on the application. Please also note, that once the placement site has been selected, you may be asked to complete additional site-specific paperwork.

 

***In addition to the application, please submit the following:

• A copy of an up-to-date immunization record (must include proof of MMR and Varicella vaccination)

• Proof of a health physical (within the past year)

• Documentation of any allergies

The job shadow program exceeded my expectations. I think the job shadowing program is an excellent opportunity to see what it's like to work in the medical field. I really liked that I got to choose the department that I shadowed in and all the nurses and doctors that I talked to were very engaging.  

Maya Voss, Maternity, NICU Job Shadow Student

Want to learn more? 

If you have questions about FDRHPO's health workforce priorities, our workforce team can help you out! Get to know us below to see who might be your best contact. 

Health Career Army Pathways Program (HCAPP)

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Are you a military spouse or dependent (over 18 years of age), a Reserve Soldier, or a Soldier transitioning out of the military and looking for a new career in a rapidly growing industry?

A career in HEALTHCARE may be just what you’re looking for.

Whether you know that healthcare is what you want to do, or if you would like to find out, the Health Career Army Pathways Program (HCAPP) provides an opportunity to explore the many facets of healthcare to determine what is the best fit for you. HCAPP supports your transition from a military career to one in healthcare by connecting you to the resources you need to be successful.

In partnership with local hospitals, HCAPP opportunities can be tailored to your background and interests to provide a virtual job shadow online platform, even if you have no background in healthcare. Explore traditional and non-traditional healthcare jobs while you’re transitioning.

Health Career Army Pathways is a collaboration between Fort Drum’s Army Career Skills Program and the Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization. It is made possible with funding from the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation whose mission is to improve the health and well-being of vulnerable New Yorkers, bolster the health outcomes of diverse communities, eliminate barriers to care, and bridge gaps in health services.

Applications are now being accepted, with no prior healthcare experience necessary! Download the application today and start the next chapter in your career!

Transitioning Soldiers can inquire and apply through the Army Career Skills Program. Call or email Wendy Brown, 315-774-3410wendy.s.brown16.ctr@mail.mil or Lorilei Matteson, 315-772-1022lorilei.a.matteson.ctr@mail.mil.

Reserve Soldiers, military spouses, and dependents (over 18) can apply or find out more by calling or emailing FDRHPO’s workforce team at workforce@fdrhpo.org or 315-755-2020 ext. 19 or ext. 25.

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