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Educational Observers

COVID-19 UPDATE: Educational Observer sponsorships at UMMC will resume June 1, 2021.


As an academic health science center, the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) recognizes its role in providing individuals with educational opportunities to shadow or observe events in the healthcare, research, and educational settings, and its responsibility to maintain the health, safety, and confidentiality of its patients. The Office of Academic Affiliations delineates the conditions under which educational observers may interact with the institution.

Individuals 16 years of age or older can serve as educational observers at UMMC and shadow in the areas of healthcare, research, or education under the direct supervision of UMMC employees designated as sponsors. Educational observers are supervised at all times and act as non-participating witnesses when observing events at the institution. Sponsors are UMMC employees who have accepted responsibility for the supervision of educational observers for the duration of the shadowing or observation experiences.

Individuals may identify their own UMMC sponsors and are encouraged to contact the departments of interest to inquire about shadowing opportunities. UMMC sponsors will provide assistance with completing the requirements found below for individuals to be approved as educational observers.

UMMC sponsors of educational observers must complete the process found here (UMMC intranet).

Requirements for educational observers are below. UMMC sponsors will provide educational observers with further information about the requirements.

  • Online application provided by the UMMC sponsor 
  • Educational Observer Authorization and Attestation forms - PDF
  • Verification of immunizations for MMR, Tdap, Varicella, Hep B 
  • Verification of influenza vaccine for observations during flu season 
  • TB skin or blood test of observations of 4 days or more; TB screening questionnaire (PDF) for observations of 3 days or less 
  • Criminal history review for observations of 4 days or more 
  • UMMC-issued badge 

For questions, contact the Office of Academic Affiliations.