Thank you for your interest in having a job shadow in Fraser Health.

Job shadows allow an individual to watch what happens in a profession. Job shadow participants do not engage in any work related activities at any time during their observation.

  • How do job shadows work?

    To apply for a job shadow, you need to go through a process where you fill out an application. The screening of job shadow applications is more thorough for areas that are considered sensitive, like counseling or social work.

    If you meet the requirements, we will consider your request for a job shadow experience. However, granting job shadows depends on the specific site's capacity and needs. Just submitting an application doesn't mean you will automatically get a job shadow opportunity.

    Because we receive a lot of requests, we only allow one job shadow per person per year.

  • Do I qualify for a job shadow*?

    *We will assess job shadow applications according to our Job shadow policy. Our Student Practice and New Initiatives team will carefully review the applications and make decisions based on the policy's guidelines.

    Kids 14 years of age or younger can connect with their high school and ask about the grade nine Take our Kid to Work Day (TOKTWD). This happens every year in November.

  • How do I apply?

    1. Review the Fraser Health Job Shadow Policy.
    2. Gather supportive documentation prior to submitting application.
    3. Apply using the Fraser Health job shadow application.

    Please make sure you have the necessary documentation ready for upload when submitting the application. If you do not have all the documentation, your application will not be reviewed or processed.

    Once submitted, your application will be reviewed and we will respond back to you within four to six weeks.

  • Supportive documentation required

    Fraser Health employee (19 years of age or older) job shadow application supportive documentation required

    Adult (19 years of age or older) job shadow application supportive documentation required

    Youth (Ages 15 - 18) job shadow application supportive documentation required

Frequently asked questions

  • Can I shadow a physician?

    Fraser Health does not arrange for job shadows with physicians.

    If you are a student studying a health profession regulated by the Health Professions Act or Emergency Services Act, you may be allowed to shadow physicians and surgeons as part of your schooling.

    For everyone else who is not a medical student, health professional student or medical school graduate, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia does not support job shadowing or observing. This is because it raises concerns about patient privacy and confidentiality. They believe that only enrolled students and graduates observing as part of their schooling should be allowed to do so, even with patient consent.

  • As an employee of Fraser Health or another health care organization, can I participate in a job shadow?

    Yes, you are invited to complete the Job shadow application. When filling out the application, you will need to upload certain supporting documents. Please make sure you have the necessary documentation ready for upload when submitting the application.

    Supportive documentation required:

  • A student of a post-secondary school approached me for a job shadow that I would like to support. How can I make this happen?

    Kids 14 years of age or younger can connect with their high school and ask about the grade nine Take our Kid to Work Day (TOKTWD). This happens every year in November.

    *We will assess job shadow applications according to our Job shadow policy. Our Student Practice and New Initiatives team will carefully review the applications and make decisions based on the policy's guidelines.

  • A student of a secondary school approached me for a job shadow that I would like to support. How can I make this happen?

    Youth (age 14 - 18 years) job shadow applications are closed. Please check back in late Fall 2023 to apply.

  • What is a criminal record check?

    A criminal record check, also known as a background check or police check, is a process that involves examining an individual’s criminal history to determine if they have any prior convictions or involvement in criminal activities.

  • Why do I need a criminal record check?

    In health care organizations like Fraser Health, it is really important to keep patient information safe and private. To do that, they follow a law called the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA). This law tells them how to handle personal information properly.

    When health care organizations do a criminal record check, they can find out if someone has a history of breaking the law. This is important when allowing people to observe or shadow health care professionals. The check helps ensure that only individuals who can be trusted to respect patient privacy and not misuse or access patient information without permission are allowed to participate in a job shadow. The main goal is to keep patients’ private information safe and make sure everyone follows the rules to protect their privacy.

  • How do I get a criminal record check?

    1. Go to your local police station: Visit the police station in your area in British Columbia.
    2. Ask for the form: Request the form you need to fill out to get a regular criminal record check. You can usually find it on the police station's website or get a copy directly from them.
    3. Fill out the form: Complete the form with your personal information like your full name, date of birth, address and contact details. Make sure to provide accurate and up-to-date information.
    4. Submit the form and identification: Give the completed form to the police along with some identification documents. Usually, they will ask for a valid photo ID, such as a passport or driver's license. They may also require proof of your address.
    5. Pay the fee: There is a fee to get a regular criminal record check. Check with the police station about how much you need to pay and make the payment.
    6. Wait for the results: It takes time for them to process the criminal record check. It can take a few weeks. The police will let you know when the results are ready.
    7. Collect your criminal record check: Once the check is processed, you can go back to the police station and collect the results. They will give you a document that shows the outcome of the check.

    Remember that the exact process and requirements may vary slightly depending on where you live in British Columbia and the specific police station you visit. It's always a good idea to check the official website or contact the police station directly for the most accurate and up-to-date information on getting a regular criminal record check.

  • I am between the ages of 15 and 18 years old and cannot provide a high school teacher reference letter. Can I still do a job shadow?

    If you don't have a high school teacher who can write a reference letter for you, please ask someone who knows you well and can vouch for your character to provide a reference instead.

  • Why do I need to provide you with my immunization history?

    For your safety during your job shadow at Fraser Health, we would like to know which, if any, immunizations you have. We ask about your immunizations because, in certain situations, you might come into contact with these illnesses.

    Please note that you don't need to have all of your immunizations, but it's important for us to know which ones you have received to ensure your safety during your job shadow. By knowing your immunization status, we can make sure that you don't go to a unit or area where there is a risk of disease you are not immunized against. This helps protect you and others from potential infections and keeps everyone safe and healthy.

  • I cannot find my immunization records. What now?

    If you can't find your immunization records, don't worry. Here's what you can do:

    • Contact your doctor or the clinic where you got vaccinated: They might have your records on file and can provide you with a copy.
    • Check with your school or previous places you attended: They may have records of your immunizations, especially if they require them for enrollment.
    • Find further options on ImmunizeBC.
    • Learn more about requesting immunization records.
  • What are commonly recommended vaccines?

    Name of immunization

    What it is for

    Flu vaccine Getting the annual flu vaccine helps protect against seasonal flu and prevents its spread to vulnerable patients.
    Hepatitis B vaccine This vaccine is recommended for individuals who may come into contact with blood or bodily fluids, as it prevents hepatitis B, a liver disease.
    MMR vaccine If you don't have immunity, the MMR vaccine protects against measles, mumps and rubella, which are highly contagious diseases.
    Varicella (Chickenpox) vaccine
    If you haven't had chickenpox or received the vaccine, the varicella vaccine prevents this contagious viral infection.
    Tdap (Tetanus) vaccine
    As a booster, the Tdap vaccine protects against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough). It is typically given every 10 years.

  • Why do I need to provide you with my COVID-19 vaccine status?

    To do a job shadow in Fraser Health, you must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This means you need to have received the recommended two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine approved by the World Health Organization (WHO). The two doses need to be a single WHO-approved vaccine or a combination of approved vaccines.

    Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is important because it protects you, keeps others safe and aligns with the Provincial Health Officer of British Columbia. It helps prevent severe illness, keeps health care settings secure and follows Fraser Health guidelines.