CHOC Observer Program

Thank you for your interest in observing the care and services provided at Children’s Health of Orange County.

The Observer Program at Children’s Health of Orange County offers shadowing opportunities to those who are interested in developing careers in the healthcare field, specifically on the pre-medical track. The Observer Program allows students the opportunity to observe physicians on staff at the Children’s Health of Orange County main campus in Orange, California. Please visit our FAQ page for any questions you may have or email

About The Program

students observing doctors
  • As an observer, you will be able to watch a physician as they care for and treat their patients.
  • The application and onboarding process takes 8 weeks to complete.
  • All students applying to the observer program must connect with a physician before applying to the observer program. Click here to search the CHOC physician directory.
  • Students can shadow physicians on staff at the CHOC main campus in Orange on Main Street and La Veta Avenue and the CHOC Primary Care clinics.
  • If you are a high school student, the total amount of hours approved to observe is 8 hours maximum.
  • If you are an undergraduate or postgraduate student, the total amount of hours approved to observe is 80 hours maximum.
  • Observerships must be completed within 6 months or less from the start date.
  • Students must be at least 18 years old to observe in the OR. Not all departments can accept observers.
  • CHOC Observer Email:

Who Is Eligible?

CHOC’s Observer Program is intended for:

High school students
at least 16 years of age
Postgraduate students

*Residents, Fellows, and Practicing Physicians are not eligible for the Observer Program

How Do I Apply?

The CHOC Observer Program application process is temporarily paused as we are currently in the process of finalizing details. Please check back for updates.

Frequently Asked Questions

Unfortunately, CHOC’s Observer Program does not offer PA, NP, or nurse shadowing opportunities.
Students may shadow for up to 6 months or until they complete their maximum total number of hours, whichever comes first.
No. CHOC’s observer program does not offer any academic credit.
Unfortunately, the observer program does not offer shadowing opportunities for residents, fellows, or practicing physicians.