Student Services

Student Services

EAMC serves as a learning site for several clinical disciplines such as Nursing, Radiology, Physical Therapy, Respiratory Therapy, and Pharmacy just to name a few. All clinical students must be enrolled in a program with a clinical affiliation agreement with EAMC and are subject to the same requirements as EAMC employees. Each student and clinical instructor is given an orientation to EAMC and agrees to promote EAMC's mission, vision, and values. However, job shadowings opportunities do not require an affiliation with a school and are intended as a brief glimpse into the professional careers offered in a healthcare environment. Please call the education department if you are unsure of how to direct your inquiry.

EAMC Job Shadowing Guidelines and Information

EAMC welcomes the opportunity to provide interested individuals with a Job Shadowing experiences. These experiences afford individuals an opportunity to shadow a member of our health care staff performing the duties of his or her occupation, and thus provide the job Shadowers with information that may help in career decision-making.

  • The Job Shadowing experience ranges from to 1-3 days, in 2-4 hour blocks, and must be arranged through EAMC’s Education Department, Please Apply Below!
  • Job Shadowers are required to attend a non-employee orientation prior to beginning the Job Shadowing experience and are responsible for making the appointment for the orientation. See contact information below.
  • Unless prior arrangements are made, a Job Shadowing schedule is required the day of orientation and must include actual start/end times and dates.
  • Requests to shadow Physicians or Physician Assistants must be pre-arranged with the health care professional by the person requesting to shadow.
  • Job Shadowers may observe, but NOT participate in any type of clinical activity or patient care during the session.
  • Name badges must be worn at all times during Shadowing session and are provided upon completion of orientation.
  • Use of cell phones, pagers, beepers, or any other electronic devices is not permitted during the job shadowing experience.
  • Please note that EAMC will make every effort to fill Job Shadowing requests, but cannot guarantee placement.

Contact Information
For more information on Job Shadowing at East Alabama Medical Center, call Patti Cox at 334-528-1260.

Orientation Times
Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:00 am or 2:00 pm. Orientation lasts approximately 45 minutes.

Job Shadowing Opportunities

  • Speech
  • Radiology
  • Rehab Works (Auburn & Opelika) - PT/OT
  • Physical Therapy
  • Social Work
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition and Food Services
  • Occupational Therapy

Please note: Other requests must be arranged and approved on an individual basis.

**Job Shadowing opportunities are not available in EAMC’s pediatric or Labor/Delivery areas October/2015


Steps for Shadowing in Hospital or Ancillary Department

  1. Requester contacts Patti Cox to request job-shadowing opportunity and provides potential days and times of availability.
  2. EAMC contacts the appropriate EAMC personnel and sets time for job shadowing.
  3. EAMC confirms date/time of job shadowing with participant and makes an appointment for orientation.
  4. Requester attends orientation and receives ID badge.
  5. Requester completes job-shadowing experience in designated department.

Steps for Shadowing a Physician or Physician Assistant

  1. Requester contacts Physician or Physician Assistant and sets date/time for job shadowing.
  2. Requester contacts EEC several days in advance of job-shadowing appointment to schedule an orientation and provide schedule.
  3. Requester attends orientation and receives ID badge.
  4. Requester completes job-shadowing experience in designated department.

Guidelines for Clinical Placements, Preceptorships, Internships, and Practicums

EAMC affiliates with many Colleges and Educational programs to offer students experience in their areas of focus through clinical placements, preceptorships, internships, and practicums. These clinical experiences allow students to apply theory into practice while under supervision of clinical instructors and hospital staff. All clinical and internship experiences must be pre-arranged and approved by EAMC. Due to the large volume of clinical and internship requests, EAMC may not be able to accommodate all requests. In the event a request cannot be honored, an EAMC representative will inform the school/student so that alternative clinical opportunities can be arranged.

Clinical and Internships Opportunities are frequently requested in the following areas:

  • Speech
  • Radiology
  • Rehab Works (Auburn & Opelika) - PT/OT
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Social Work
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition and Food Services
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Medical Assistants/ Business Administration

Please note: Other department requests must be arranged and approved on an individual basis

*Clinical opportunities are not available in EAMC’s pediatric, Labor/Delivery, or Psychiatric areas.

Information Regarding Clinicals and Internships

Clinicals and Internships and must be arranged through EAMC’s Education Services with either Valarie Kambeitz (Clinical programs i.e. Nursing/EMT/Paramedic/Respiratory/Radiography) or Cathleen Blumenthal (all other Internships or practicums) that are not classified as shadowing experiences.

  • Before a student can attend a clinical opportunity. EAMC must have a current signed program affiliation agreement on file.
  • All clinical students and Interns are required to attend a non-employee orientation prior to beginning the experience and are responsible for making the appointment for the orientation. See contact information below.
  • Proof of immunizations, background checks and drug screenings must be documented and validated prior to orientation.
  • Clinical students must be supervised at all times by their preceptors and instructors.
  • Name badges must be worn at all times clinical experiences and are provided upon completion of orientation as needed.
  • Schedules for nursing and preceptor placements must pre-arranged by Valarie Kambeitz.

Contact Information

Clinical programs: Valerie Kambeitz (vkambeitz@lanierhospital.com) 334-756-1461

Internships or Practicums: Cathleen Blumenthal (Cathleen.blumenthal@eamc.org) 334-528-3035

Orientation Times are by appointment only

Individual Internship/Practicum orientations are held on Wednesdays from 8:00 am – 9 am; enroll by contacting Cathleen Blumenthal via email: Cathleen.blumenthal@eamc.org Schools (large groups) are oriented by special appointment; contact Valarie Kambeitz or Cathleen Blumenthal for arrangements.

Orientation lasts approximately 1 hour. Please bring copies of required immunization documentation and background checks verification if necessary.

2015 Clinical Instructor Rules Form
2015 Clinical Interns and Student Requirements Form

Shadow Area Descriptions

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Opportunity:

4-8 hour per week shadowing/volunteering including weekends (dependent upon current level of observers/volunteers) in Physical/Occupational/Speech in Acute Care (orthopedics, ICU, Psych, outpatient Modified Barium swallow with Speech, general population). Hours in excess of 8 considered on a case by case basis.

Availability:

Variable

Contact:

Tony Sumner, PT
Manager Inpatient Rehabilitation Services
(334) 750-1949

Guidelines:

Must adhere to departmental dress code and expectations (furnished upon approval of schedule with Tony Sumner) ** Requests made in the middle of current semester have best chance of placement in slots for the upcoming semester.

Opportunity:

Shadowing of PT, OT and speech therapy limited to 2 hours a week per semester. We try to work around class schedules but it is first come first served basis.

Availability:

M-F 8AM - 5PM with shadowing hours 8AM-10AM, 10AM-12 Noon, 1PM-3PM and 3PM-5PM

Contact:

Contact Kelly Shaw, PT to set up an interview prior to applying.

Guidelines:

Must dress in khaki type pants and tops (no scrubs or jeans)

Opportunity:

6T provides a great foundation and a true picture of nursing in a hospital setting. 6T is looking for shadowers interested in nursing or MCT

Availability:

Varies

Contact:

Please contact Chris Watson for more information.

Guidelines:

Scrubs must be worn when shadowing.

Opportunity:

The EAMC Lab provides a great foundation and a true picture of daily life for Medical Technologists in a hospital setting.

Availability:

7AM-3:30PM M - F

Contact:

Please contact Jarrett Loveless (334) 528-6959 for more information.

Guidelines:

Department dress code that will be provided when shadowing is scheduled.

Opportunity:

Care Coordinators/Social Workers are available to shadow throughout the hospital during the week.

Availability:

M–F 8AM – 4:30PM and on the weekends 7AM – 7PM.

Contact:

Please contact Laura Rainey (334) 528-1376 for more information.

Guidelines:

Business Casual/Scrubs