Shadowing and Related Experience

Students are strongly encouraged to acquire experience in health care settings during their undergraduate years.  The Health Professions Advisory Group assists students in making contacts at local hospitals, clinics and other health-related settings.   Shadowing opportunities and shorter-term placements are conducted through HPAG.

Roanoke College has established relationships with placement sponsors in anesthesiology, cardiology, chiropractic, dentistry, emergency medicine, internal medicine, neurology, orthopedics, osteopathic medicine, pediatrics, pharmacy, physical therapy, podiatry, surgery, veterinary medicine, nursing, public health, occupational therapy and diagnostic imaging.

Shadowing and related experience demonstrate to admissions committees that the student has practical skills, exposure to day-to-day medical practices and personal interaction with health-care providers. Successful shadowing and related experience frequently result in letters of recommendations directly from the clinical sponsor.

For more information regarding shadowing, contact Jim Buriak.

Recent Shadowing and Related Experience Include:

  • Animal Care Center
  • Blue Ridge Behavioral Center
  • Brandon Animal Hospital
  • Carilion Behavioral Health
  • Carilion Community Hospital, Anesthesiology Department
  • Child Abuse and Prevention Council
  • Department of Environmental Quality
  • Elizabeth Arden
  • Head Start
  • Innotech, Inc.
  • Juvenile Court Service
  • Lewis-Gale Clinic Occupational Therapy
  • Lewis-Gale Pavilion, Outpatient Physical Therapy
  • Merck Laboratories
  • NASA-Langley
  • Physicians to Children
  • Q-Biochem, Inc.
  • Roanoke City Police Department
  • Roanoke County Department of Social Services
  • Thompson's Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center
  • West End Community Center
  • Western Regional Forensic