Information for Observers

Swedish Health Services / Swedish Medical Center has two main teams that onboard learners coming into our system. We handle shadowing experiences (observerships) according to the type of PROVIDER to be shadowed.

Graduate Medical Education (GME) team offers Observerships involving the following PROVIDER types:

  • Physicians (MD/DO)

  • Physician Assistants (PA-C)

  • Podiatrists (DPM)

  • Dentists (DMD/DDS)

  • Nurse Practitioners

If you are interested in arranging an experience with a Nurse (RN) or Allied Health Professional (e.g., medical assistant, radiology technician, physical therapist, audiologist), please contact the Swedish Clinical Education team: StudentOnboarding@swedish.org.

A few things to note:

  • Swedish GME does not provide placements. Please search for a provider to precept through our provider listing:  https://www.swedish.org/swedish-physicians

  • Persons under the age of 18 are not allowed to do an observership. Instead, please contact Volunteer Services.

  • GME does not offer Observerships to - nor accept Observership Applications from - PROVIDERS (MD/DO, PA-C, DPM, DMD/DDS) who are (1) learning procedures or taking training courses from a Swedish Provider, or (2) trying to bridge an interim period prior to being a privileged at Swedish.  Please contact medicalstaffservices@swedish.org to inquire about temporary / interim privileges.


OBSERVERS - US

Swedish Medical Center offers Observerships: one per person per academic year (July 1 – June 30); up to 40 hours per academic year; ideally completed within 30 days of a start date. 

Swedish GME does NOT provide placements with providers.  In order to engage a Preceptor, please visit www.swedish.org/physicians to find a provider, and contact their office directly. Please complete a Preceptor Agreement with your chosen preceptor (i.e., the physician, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner you plan to shadow).

Once a provider is confirmed for your requested dates, submit the online Observer Application at least three (3) weeks in advance of a proposed start date.

Please read the Swedish Medical Center US Observer Policy and Procedures before submitting the application.

All documents need to be uploaded at the time of application submission. (You will not be able to save your place in the application, nor submit it, without uploading/confirming all items.)

If you are a Swedish employee or are part of a Swedish-affiliated program or team, and are looking to do a shadowing experience that is not part of your job duties, please contact the GME office directly.
If you are interested in arranging a shadowing experience with a nurse (RN) or Allied Health Professional (e.g., medical assistant, radiology technician, physical therapist, audiologist, etc.), please contact the Swedish Clinical Education team: StudentOnboarding@swedish.org

Required Documents*

US Preceptor Agreement

Preceptor Agreement

Confidentiality Form

Confidentiality Form

Background Check

Basic option for Washington State, using name and DOB: https://fortress.wa.gov/wsp/watch/

If you are not from Washington State, you will need a current official background check run in the state of your primary residence.

Personal Health Insurance Card

Scan of personal health insurance card

-OR-

Waiver

Vaccine and Immunization Requirements

Please see the Vaccine and Immunity Requirements 

Photo

Photo should be passport-style, front-facing, with plain background

Swedish Orientation Modules                       

Safety Orientation Modules can be found here:

Swedish GME Observership Application

After Receipt of Application

Applicants will receive confirmation of received applications within 2 business days. The specialty administrator/coordinator and the preceptor will also receive communication concerning specific observership applications.

OBSERVERS - INTERNATIONAL INVITED GUESTS

Swedish Medical Center provides an opportunity for international healthcare professionals to observe with a medical staff member at Swedish Medical Center (SMC) and Swedish Medical Group (SMG) sites. This observership is for a prearranged time, designed to provide a not-for-credit learning experience for an international invited guest. These observerships are by invitation only. Please read the International Invited Guest Policy and Procedures before applying.

Once you receive a formal invitation from the Observership Director, and complete the International Preceptor Agreement, please submit the Invited Guest Observer Application below.  We recommend starting this process at least six (6) months in advance of a proposed start date.

All documents need to be uploaded at the time of application submission. (*Note: All documents must be official, legible, and in English.  You will not be able to save your place in the application if you are unable submit it right away.  You will not be able to submit the application without the required uploads or confirmations.*)

Required Documents*

Copy of Invitation Letter

A PDF copy of your invitation.

Preceptor Agreement

International Preceptor Agreement

Confidentiality Form

Confidentiality Form

Background Check

From nation of residence.

Personal Health Insurance Card     

Scan of personal health insurance card

-OR-

Waiver 

Vaccine and Immunization Requirements

Please see the Vaccine and Immunity Requirements 

Photo    

Photo should be passport-style, front-facing, with plain background

Government Identification Card or Visa

PDF Copy

Curriculum Vitae

PDF Copy

 
Swedish Orientation Modules

Safety Orientation Modules can be found here:


Swedish GME Observership Application - International Invited Guests

POLICIES

QUESTIONS?

Please contact the Swedish Graduate Medical Education office.

Email: GMEOnboarding@swedish.org
Phone: (206) 320-5301