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Job Shadows & Observations Application

All applicants for job shadows and observations at Gundersen must review the policies and complete the appropriate forms (specified below) at least 30 days prior to your requested experience. This timeframe allows us to process your paperwork, contact the appropriate departments and mentors, and correspond efficiently to provide you with the best experience.

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You can apply for a job shadow if you are at least 16 years old. Job shadows are limited to 1-5 experiences ranging from 2-8 hours per experience. You can apply now for job shadows at our affiliate locations in Boscobel, Wabasha, West Union, Whitehall, Friendship, Prairie du Chien, Hillsboro, Sparta or Tri-State Ambulance. 

You can apply for observation hours if you are at least 18 years old, currently enrolled in a post-secondary institution and have an educational requirement for your course, program and/or application process.  Observation hours are generally limited to 60.  

Whether you are applying for a job shadow or an observation experience, the application process and forms are the same for both.

Application timeline

  • Once the forms (see below for Steps to Apply) are returned to Gundersen, you'll receive an email from [email protected] confirming that the application has been received.
  • The forms will be reviewed for accuracy.  
    • If anything is missing, we'll reach out to you.
    • If all paperwork is acceptable, we'll begin connecting with departments to identify dates, times and a mentor who can provide the experience that you're seeking. This process can take up to two weeks.
  • After we hear back from the department regarding your job shadow or observation, we'll reach out to you to inform you of your next steps.
    • If you have not heard from us after two weeks from the date that we confirmed receipt of your forms, please email [email protected] or call (608) 775-2081 to inquire about your status.

Steps to apply for a job shadow or observation

At least 30 days prior to your anticipated job shadow or observation, review 2 policies:

At least 30 days prior to your anticipated job shadow or observation, complete 4 forms:

  • Application 
  • Agreement Form 
  • Confidentiality Statement 
  • Health Screening Form 

Download the forms

At least 30 days prior to your anticipated job shadow or observation:

Email your completed forms 

Or, mail completed forms to:
Gundersen Medical Foundation
Mailstop C03-006A
1836 South Avenue
La Crosse, WI 54601


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I had the opportunity to shadow physicians in many departments to get a variety of different experiences and see many diverse patient populations. I truly appreciate the work that Gundersen Job Shadows has put in to allow me wonderful opportunities to shadow in Neonatology, OB/GYN and Family Medicine. Shadowing is a wonderful opportunity and an investment towards my future career in medicine!

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