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 shadowing/observations 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/Observation Guidelines and Information

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

  • The Job Shadowing/Observation experience ranges from to 1-3 days, in 2-4 hour blocks, and must be arranged through EAMC’s Education Department (Patti Cox).
  • Job Shadowers/Observers are required to attend a non-employee orientation prior to beginning the Job Shadowing/Observation experience and are responsible for making the appointment for the orientation. See contact information below.
  • Unless prior arrangements are made, a Job Shadowing/Observation schedule is required the day of orientation and must include actual start/end times and dates.
  • Requests to shadow/observe Physicians or Physician Assistants must be pre-arranged with the health care professional by the person requesting to shadow/observe.
  • Job Shadowers/Observers may observe, but NOT participate in any type of clinical activity or patient care during the experience.
  • Name badges must be worn at all times during Shadowing/Observation experience 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/Observation requests, but cannot guarantee placement.

Contact Information
For more information on Job Shadowing/Observation 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/Observation Opportunities

  • Speech
  • Radiology
  • Rehab Works (Auburn & Opelika)
  • 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/Observation opportunities are not available in EAMC’s pediatric or Labor/Delivery areas October/2015


Steps for Shadowing in Hospital or Ancillary Department

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

Steps for Shadowing a Physician or Physician Assistant

  1. Observer contacts Physician or Physician Assistant and sets date/time for job shadowing.
  2. Observer contacts Patti Cox several days in advance of job-shadowing appointment to schedule an orientation and provide schedule.
  3. Observer attends orientation and receives ID badge.
  4. Observer 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)
  • 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 or Labor/Delivery 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/observation 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 required immunization documentation and background checks verification if necessary.

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