BIOL 396 Medical Shadowing

by Dr. Stan Eisen, Professor of Biology

Dr. Adams with BIOL 396 group.

Dr. James “Bo” Adams showing details of an X-ray to this year’s class. (Front L-R: Dr. James “Bo” Adams, Danielle Frazier, Anqi Zheng, Vu Cao. Back: Jimmy Nguyen

I suppose one might say that the moral of this story is “Be careful with what you ask for, because you just might get it.”  Six years ago, Dr. James “Bo” Adams, CBC alumnus, mentioned to me, “If there’s anything I can do to help current CBU students, please let me know.”  This offer ultimately led to some brain-storming with Andrea Bergen-Rourke, Education Coordinator at Delta Medical Center, resulting in the creation of a course entitled “Medical Shadowing”.  The class meets once per week for a 3-hour block of time, during which upperclassmen rotate through the departments at Delta Medical Center, and observe the activities of the healthcare providers who work there.

These departments include: 

BIOL 396 student

Michael Covington showing Vu Cao how a freshly-collected blood sample is processed


Introduction to the hospital, Hospital procedures, HIPAA directives
Emergency Medicine
Physical Therapy
Respiratory Therapy
Behavioral Intake
Nursing Education
Imaging (X-ray)

In order to participate in this class, students must be in their junior or senior year, and are required to provide a urine drug screen, criminal background check, TB Skin test, and a current immunization record.