Observing a physician is an important and great way to gain exposure and experience on the road to your career in healthcare. Due to the limited number of physicians and relatively large number of students seeking observation opportunities, finding a physician who will act as a mentor can be difficult.

While it may be difficult to be find a physician to observe, it is not impossible. Below you will find some helpful tips to assist you in connecting with a Texas Tech Physician. 

Getting Started

There are two ways to get started to find a placement.

  1. For those students who have a local connection we always suggest starting with your resources.  Consult your professors and advisors to see if they have any contacts here at TTUHSC/Texas Tech Physicians that they might be able to direct you to or that they know have accepted students in the past.  It’s always good to start with someone you know.
  2. For those students who may not be local or who have interests that do not match placements with established contacts at TTUHSC/TTP, we recommend going online and searching Texas Tech Physicians directory for a physician with the specialty that interests you. 


Make sure to filter the Physician listings by location and keep in mind your interests as you are the one who ultimately knows what you would like to gain from your experience, Many of the physicians listed in the directory practice at UMC and do not hold rotations at a Texas Tech Physician's clinic. Volunteer Services is unable to clear you to observe a physician at UMC. Only observers matched with a physician who practices in the clinics will be processed by TTUHSC Volunteer Services. 

Making Contact

We encourage students to contact potential mentors via email.  Briefly introduce yourself, by explaining why you would like to observe under their mentorship and what you would like to gain from your experience.  Do you have a specific time frame in mind?  If so, please let them know as well.  You can contact your potential mentor directly.  Typically, email addresses at TTUHSC are formatted as firstname.lastname@ttuhsc.edu (example Oscar.Observer@ttuhsc.edu).  Attaching your resume may also increase your chances a mentor will invite you to observe them in their clinic.

PLEASE NOTE: Mentors may only respond if they are able to accommodate you at this time into their clinical area.  Also, it is fine and actually recommended to apply to multiple potential mentors.  If you don’t hear back, please don’t continually email as they may simply be unable to accommodate you at this time.  

Apply with Volunteer Services

Follow these instructions to be cleared with Volunteer Services to observe a TTUHSC physician after a physician has agreed to host you in their clinic. 

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