As a shadow visitor, you will have the opportunity to observe UNC Rehabilitation Therapy practitioners. Due to the high demand for shadow hours, we are limiting all experiences to three (3 hour each) blocks per shadow visitor per calendar year. Shadow opportunities are for undergraduate students only.
View the calendar below to request the discipline/area of practice you would like to observe. Please do not select dates more than 3 months out. Please be aware that the team you select to shadow with may need to cancel and reschedule your appointment depending on the needs of the team and clients on caseloads.
Each team will try to give, but cannot guarantee, you at least 24 hours advanced notice if your session needs to be rescheduled. If we have to reschedule your shadow experience, we will not count that missed session against you. However, if you do not call or no show we will count the missed session as used.
Rules for Shadowing
Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your start time. If you commit to a time slot please be prepared to stay for the entire duration of the session. Please wear professional clothing (no jeans, no shorts, no tank tops etc. and closed toed shoes as noted in our Professional Business Attire Policy you are required to review. You must wear your nametag at shoulder level. Observation only - please do not engage in physical, verbal or psychological therapeutic interactions.
No cellphone use during patient observations.
We ask that you send an email to Volunteer Services.
In this email, please include the following:
- Contact information
- Telephone number
- Email address
- A brief statement of intent
- The dates and times that you would like to shadow
You will receive a confirmation email after your shadow experience has been approved. Once you receive this email, you can bring your paperwork (HIPPAA training certificate and proof of immunizations) to the Volunteer Services office and pick up your shadowing badge. For additional information, please reach out to Kristel Maes, CCCE, via email.
Visit Rehabilitation Therapies Clinical Education to learn more about related opportunities. Click to find directions to the Rehab Therapy Services offices.