Alumni Shadowing/Mentoring Program

As you can imagine, Rutgers alumni can be found throughout this country and others.  Some of the alumni have agreed to participate in the new Alumni Shadowing Program to either give a presentation about their path to becoming a health professional (watch for announcements on our Listserv).  Others will offer you a brief externship experience in their field.  Still others will mentor you over the phone.

Due to the relatively small number of doctors/dentists currently participating, we currently limit the externships/mentoring to Sophomores and Juniors with the following credentials: 

  • At least a 3.0 Overall and Science GPA; with at least 1 completed semester if you are a transfer student
  • At least one semester of Organic Chemistry with a B or better
  • An HPO file
  • An uploaded a resume

 NOTE:  The Alumni Shadowing Program spring session wrapped up on 5/15/22, therefore the option to enroll has been deactivated until the summer session starts.  Once it is open again, an announcement will go out on the HPO listserv.  So keep an eye out for it!

How can I apply?

Step 1) Read the attached slideshow (in fact, this will be useful for any shadowing/volunteering experience) (click here for Powerpoint slideshow )

Step 2) Go to your HPOdrome Profile Page to upload your resume (Note, your shadowing request will not be processed until a resume is uploaded.)

Step 3) Go to the “Enroll in Shadowing” link (also located on your HPOdrome Profile Page), read and agree to the Terms and Conditions, and then proceed to make your selection of 3 choices.

Step 3) Carefully, read and complete your application.

 Step 4) Hit the submit button


What happens next?

Step 1) Your application will automatically be submitted to the HPO.

Step 2) If you meet all the criteria list above, the status of your request will be changed to “Approved”.

Step 3) It may take 1-2 weeks (sometimes a little more if the doctor is very busy) for us to reach the doctor.  Once the doctor approves, you will be contacted, by the HPO regarding how to proceed (this may vary among doctors).  Your status will be changed to “Active”.

Step 4) When you are done, please let us know so that we can assign another student and change your status to “Complete”.

Step 5) Give us your feedback!  This program is relatively new to us, and we would like to know how it can be improved.

Contact Information:

Tracey Hasse
Senior Program Coordinator
Rutgers Health Professions Office
A207 Nelson Biological Labs
848/445-5667 (HPO Office)