Northwestern Medicine Glenview Outpatient Center Shadowing Program

                             Northwestern Medicine Glenview Outpatient Center | Glenview, IL

Health Professions Advising and the Northwestern Medicine Glenview Outpatient Center are piloting a shadowing program for Northwestern University undergraduate students interested in a career in medicine.

The Glenview Outpatient Center Shadowing Program aims to develop participants’ understanding and appreciation of the daily work of physicians in a busy community-based outpatient center, providing primary care and a number of specialties. Practicing MDs will mentor selected students for an inside look into the profession to help them discern if a career in medicine will be a good fit.

Program participants will gain exposure to medicine through observation without direct hands-on clinical care. As the road to becoming a physician is very long and difficult at times, what sustains trainees is the love of the field. These shadowing experiences should help students determine if the exposure to the clinical practice of medicine inspires them to continue their pursuit. 

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Program Overview

For the purposes of the pilot, selected applicants will be enrolled Northwestern sophomores, juniors, and seniors with a demonstrated interest in exploring medicine as a career. 

Students will observe the practice of primary care at the Northwestern Medicine Glenview Outpatient Center, which has the following fields of medicine represented: Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and Immediate Care.

Students will be introduced to their physician mentor during the on-site orientation during the first meeting at the Glenview Outpatient Center. Where possible, these matches will continue over the duration of the program.

In the initial pilot phase, this program has a limited capacity. Currently, the program can accommodate 14 participants per quarter, split into two groups. Applicants not selected initially are welcome to apply again, and there are many other paths towards building clinical experiences. Please meet with your assigned Health Professions Advising advisor to explore additional opportunities to gain clinical experiences.


Current Northwestern sophomores, juniors, and seniors should meet the following requirements to be considered for participation in the program:
  1. Be currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree-seeking program at Northwestern
  2. Not have already applied to medical school
  3. Have a completed spring quarter class schedule that does not conflict with the desired shadowing sessions (if your spring schedule is not set, we recommend waiting to submit your application until you have registered for spring classes)
  4. Review the Non-Employee Health Review Form (NOTE: Students do not need to meet the immunization requirements for the program at the time of application. Selected applicants must meet these requirements by the start of their shadowing experience)
  5. Review the Privacy and Confidentiality Policy

There will be few direct costs for successful applicants participating in the program thanks to the generosity of the Northwestern Medical Group and Northwestern University. White coats and transportation costs are covered and most of the immunization costs are covered through the individual’s health insurance. Health Professions Advising will also work with Health Information Management Systems and Financial Aid to support students with limited financial resources who incur additional immunization costs to meet the program's requirements.



Participants are being granted access into some of the most intimate and vulnerable moments in patients' lives. It will be participants' responsibility to understand and abide by the institutions Privacy & Confidentiality Policy, which you will be required to sign, as Northwestern is fully compliant with patient confidentiality (governed by Federal HIPPA requirements). 

Participants will not discuss any specific patients with anyone outside of the medical center or on social media, etc. A participant's inability to maintain privacy and confidentiality of all protected health information will lead to their dismissal from the Shadowing Program.


Participants should be prepared to meet high expectations from patients, physicians and other staff who will look to you to be professional and respectful at all times. In fact, many patients will consider you part of the healthcare team. Students’ appearance and interactions with patients will reflect directly upon patients and colleagues’ impression of them, Northwestern Medical Group and Northwestern University. Students should refrain from checking their phone or making personal calls while onsite. Program participants are expected to be friendly and communicate with everyone respectfully.

Dress and Appearance

Business casual attire and a clean, well-groomed appearance will serve participants well in their shadowing role. While there is no need to wear formal clothes, such as a suit, Northwestern Career Advancement offers some guidelines on dressing and appearance for interviews, which may also be useful.

In general, denim and athletic wear are not appropriate for this experience. As participants will observe patients from many different backgrounds and cultures, dressing to show less exposed skin will serve them well. In addition, students should avoid wearing heavy colognes or perfumes, open-toed shoes, and ripped, unclean, or distressed clothing and shoes. Short white coats will also be provided to participants at the Glenview Outpatient Center.

Program Dates

The Shadowing Program will consist of two groups each with a set number of three-hour shadowing sessions. The first group (Group 1) will meet over the first half of the quarter and the second group (Group 2) will meet over the second half of the quarter. Selected students will commit to attending all scheduled shadowing sessions for their assigned group.

Spring Quarter 2019:

Location and Transportation

Round-trip transportation will be provided from Evanston to the Northwestern Medicine Glenview Outpatient Center around eight miles northeast of the Evanston campus. The journey will take around 30 minutes each way, depending on traffic. The chartered bus will leave from the back of the Health Professions Advising office at 1940 Sheridan Road at 12:15 p.m. and return to the same location around 5 p.m.

Application Process & Materials

Having met the program application requirements, all students should complete the following application process by Thursday, February 28 at 5 p.m.:

  1. Complete the online application.
  2. Review the Non-Employee Health Review Form
  3. Review the POI Confidentiality Agreement

All applications will be reviewed after the application deadline has passed. Selected applicants will be notified by the afternoon of Friday, March 1, 2019, via Northwestern email. Selected applicants must also complete Part 1 of their Non-Employee Health Review Form and submit it to Northwestern Health Information Management Services by Friday, March 8, 2019.

Additional information will be provided to selected applicants upon notification.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Because there is a very short window of time between the winter and spring quarters, it is imperative that selected applicants complete the required paperwork promptly. The deadlines that will be provided with selection are firm deadlines and failure to meet them will result in forfeiture of your spot in the program.

Due to the high volume of applications, Health Professions Advising is unable to provide individual feedback to applicants not selected for participation in the program.


In case any selected student cannot fulfill their obligations to attend the shadowing sessions, 2-3 students may be waitlisted each quarter during the pilot phase of this program. Wait-listed students will be expected to complete the same requirements as admitted students (e.g., completing the Non-Employee Review Form and processes) if they wish to be considered for a vacancy and be ready to participate in the shadowing program on short notice.

Wait-listed students remaining on the waitlist for the quarter will be given greater consideration for selection into the shadowing program in subsequent quarters.