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Career Exploration Programs

The Medical University Hospital Authority (MUHA) recognizes the value of visitors and developing future healthcare workers. Therefore MUHA will collaborate with a variety of partnerships to enhance the awareness and training of those interested in health careers through career exploration and development. Students and/or individuals governed by the Visitor and Career Exploration Programs policy include those participating in facility tours, job shadowing, observing, mentoring and clinical sponsorship, as deemed appropriate. To learn more about our career exploration programs, select from the list below:

Facility Tour
Job Shadowing
Observation
Mentoring
Clinical Sponsorship
Visiting Practitioners

 

Facility Tour

A facility on-site tour of the MUSC Medical Center provides an opportunity to learn about the health care roles served and/or various career opportunities. Tours are limited to general areas within the Medical Center.

To arrange a facility tour, contact Human Resources at muhaemployment@musc.edu.

 

Job Shadowing

The job shadowing program at the Medical University Hospital Authority (MUHA) consists of a brief educational work-based experience for high school or post secondary students, or adults interested in exploring medical careers. 

Individuals will shadow the employee performing normal work activities. They may observe and ask questions but will not perform patient care duties. Designated areas within the hospital available for observation opportunities are at the discretion of MUHA. Participants must be at least 14 years old (16 years old in Operating Room areas).

To participate in the Job Shadowing program, the following requirements must be met:

  1. Career Exploration Request (PDF) and Confidentiality and Consent (PDF) forms. Parent signature required for participants under 18 years of age.
  2. Provide health documentation to include current TB (within three months of visit), immunization record and flu vaccine if during flu season.
  3. Fax forms to 843-792-0853 (Attention: Career Exploration) or email to muha-careerexplore@musc.edu at least two weeks before desired shadow date.
  4. Visitors must find their own sponsor if requesting to shadow Physicians, Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants.
  5. Obtain and wear temporary ID badge at the collar level while in the hospital.
  6. Wear professional business attire and act in a professional manner.
  7. Do not provide patient care at any time.
 

Observation

Observations are considered an extension of job shadowing, lasting up to a maximum of 3 months. Individuals are responsible for finding their own sponsor (i.e., health care professional) for observations. They may observe and ask questions but will not perform patient care duties. Areas within the hospital available for observation opportunities will be at the discretion of the Medical University Hospital Authority. Participants must be at least 14 years old (16 years old in Operating Room areas).
 
To participate in the Observation program, the following requirements must be met:
  1. Individuals are responsible for finding their own sponsor (i.e., health care professional) for observations.
  2. Career Exploration Request (PDF) and Confidentiality and Consent (PDF) forms.
  3. Visiting Student Immunization Requirements (view the complete listing (PDF))
    - Visiting Student Immunization form (PDF)
    - Visiting Student Meningococcal Vaccine/Waiver form (PDF)
  4. Copy of front and back of health insurance card
  5. Criminal background check if observation is longer than 30 days
  6. Complete the training on the careLearning website . View the instructions for creating a careLearning account (PDF).
  7. Do not provide direct patient care at any time.
 

Mentoring

Mentoring is a relationship between high school or post secondary students or adults interested in exploring medical careers and a Medical University Hospital Authority (MUHA) healthcare professional who guides the individual for a period greater than 3 months (e.g. semester, year). Individuals are matched with a MUHA employee and the relationship is fostered through a variety of mechanisms such as one-on-one interaction, on-line communication and on-site facility tours. The individual may observe and ask questions but will not perform patient care duties. Participants must be at least 14 years old (16 years old in Operating Room areas).

To participate in the Mentoring program, the following requirements must be met:

  1. Individuals are responsible for finding their own sponsor (i.e., health care professional) for observations.
  2. Career Exploration Request (PDF) and Confidentiality and Consent (PDF) forms.
  3. Visiting Student Immunization Requirements (view the complete listing (PDF))
    - Visiting Student Immunization form (PDF)
    - Visiting Student Meningococcal Vaccine/Waiver form (PDF)
  4. Copy of front and back of health insurance card
  5. Criminal background check if observation is longer than 30 days
  6. Complete the training on the careLearning website. View the instructions for creating a careLearning account (PDF).
  7. Do not provide direct patient care at any time.
 

Clinical Sponsorship

Clinical Sponsorship is a structured observation program to develop an interest in a health care related career. Participants must be sponsored by a faculty member or administrator. The individual may observe and ask questions but will not perform patient care duties.

To participate in the Clinical Sponsorship program, the following requirements must be met:

  1. Individuals are responsible for finding their own sponsor (i.e., health care professional) for observations.
  2. Career Exploration Request (PDF) and Confidentiality and Consent (PDF) forms.
  3. Visiting Student Immunization Requirements (view the complete listing (PDF))
    - Visiting Student Immunization form (PDF)
    - Visiting Student Meningococcal Vaccine/Waiver form (PDF)
  4. Copy of front and back of health insurance card
  5. Criminal background check if observation is longer than 30 days
  6. Complete the training on the careLearning website. View the instructions for creating a careLearning account (PDF).
  7. Do not provide direct patient care at any time.
 

Visiting Practitioners

Visiting Practitioners are individuals visiting the Medical University Hospital Authority (MUHA) for one of the following purposes:

  1. Educational experience or observation.
  2. Education of MUHA/MUSC personnel.
  3. Assistance with training of MUHA/MUSC personnel in a procedure or technique.
  4. Consultation with or without patient contact.

Visiting Practitioners who will be observing clinical care (not prescribing, treating, operating on or in any other way managing the health care of the patient) must meet the following requirements:

  1. Career Exploration Request (PDF) and Confidentiality and Consent (PDF) forms.
  2. If request is for a period of one month or more, a criminal background check will be required at the individual's expense.
  3. Provide health screening documentation to include current TB (within three months of visit) and immunization record.
  4. Complete the training on the careLearning website. View the instructions for creating a careLearning account (PDF).
  5. Obtain and wear temporary ID badge at collar level while in the hospital.
  6. No other specific responsibilities. Such consultations should be considered as any other HIPAA compliant consultation with a non-MUSC faculty member obtained by phone or mail.
  7. If providing verbal consultation, patients should be informed of the role of the Visiting Practitioner, but signed written consent is not necessary.
  8. The practitioner may not prescribe, treat, operate on or in any other way manage the health care of the patient.

Visiting Practitioners who will be prescribing, treating, operating on or in any other way managing the health care of the patient must meet the following requirements:

  1. Apply for temporary privileges through the Medical Staff office. Contact Carol Younker at 843-792-8954 or younkerc@musc.edu. For a visiting practitioner with a current South Carolina medical license, allow at least two weeks for processing. For a visiting practitioner that will be applying for a 14 day temporary South Carolina medical license, allow at least one month for processing.
  2. Hold a South Carolina medical license, or obtain a 14 day temporary license through the state Medical Board.
  3. For procedures, informed written consent should be obtained by the host physician demonstrating that the patient is aware of the role of the visiting physician.
  4. Obtain temporary ID badge and wear at all times while in the hospital. ID badge must be worn at collar level visible to all staff and patients.

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Volunteer Programs

If you are interested in one of our volunteer programs, select from the list below: