Carnegie Mellon University

CMU/UPMC Preceptorship Program

Carnegie Mellon students can apply for the CMU/UPMC hospital preceptorship program, a ten-week medical shadowing experience in which students interested in a medical career are assigned to resident physicians at UPMC Shadyside and/or Presbyterian Hospitals. Students are selected for participation in this program based on a competitive application process, as a limited number of positions are available.

This experience is designed for scrutinizing carefully how physicians function in a hospital setting, how they interact with patients and, perhaps most important of all, deciding whether you actually want to become a member of the medical profession. By the end of the program, students will complete at least 40 hours of shadowing, gaining experience in some of the various aspects of internal medicine, including but not limited to out-patient clinics, in-patient clinics, ICU, oncology, ER medicine, geriatrics, palliative care, gastroenterology, and pediatrics.


  1. Students must commit to at least 40-hours over 10 weeks (i.e., on average, at least four hours of hospital time per week, Monday through Friday, over a ten-week period).
    • Many students wish to maximize their experience by spending additional shadowing time.
    • Weekend and additional hours beyond the required 40-hrs may be possible, but will depend on the schedule of the medical residents.
    • Failure to meet the 40-hour program commitment will prevent the student from receiving a certificate of completion and reflects poorly on both the individual and the HPP.
    • In scheduling, mornings are especially advantageous - this is when the residents do "rounds."
  2. In addition to the 40-hour minimum shadowing commitment, each student is expected to:
    • Attend the orientation and wrap-up sessions.
    • Maintain a journal throughout the 10-week period and report weekly hours.
    • Prepare a final written evaluation of their preceptorship experience (due by end of semester).
    • Give a brief oral presentation about the preceptorship experience.


In order to apply for either Fall or Spring semester programs, please contact the HPP office (412-268-8494 or to obtain the appropriate application. Fall applications open April of the prior spring semester, and Spring applications open November of the prior fall semester.