COVID-19 Vaccine Update: 

We are scheduling Pfizer and Moderna appointments for all patients (16+ for Pfizer and 18+ for Moderna). Due to high demand, there are longer wait times for vaccine appointments. Thank you for your patience. For more information, please visit our vaccine page or our FAQ about the Johnson & Johnson vaccine pause.


UW Medicine observations are suspended at this time, please check back at the end of April for an update. We are not accepting applications at this time.

UW Medical Center Observations

UW Medical Center Observations

Observations at UW Medical Center - Montlake campus and UW Medical Center - Northwest campus 

Please Click Here for Application

Observable medical staff at UW Medical Center include: physicians, dentists, psychologists, A.R.N.P.s, P.A.s, R.N.s, C.R.N.A.s, microbiologists and other Ph.D.-level laboratory personnel, optometrists, pharmacists, social workers, and podiatrists.

Clinical observation is mandated by UW Medicine Compliance and applies to observational activity only. No patient care or hands-on medical training will be conducted. Observers will not perform any medical procedures on patients. They will not have direct contact or unsupervised access to patients. There will be no compensation provided by the medical administration. The observer or sponsoring provider/department is responsible for arranging visas, travel and accommodations.

Please be advised:

  • Persons under the age of 16 cannot apply for observation privileges per UWMC regulations.
  • Persons under the age of 18 are not allowed in operating rooms per UWMC regulations.

Finding a provider to observe
It is the observer's responsibility to identify a provider to host them before submitting an application. If a provider has not been identified prior to the decision to observe, the observer may contact the department in the area of interest to discuss setting up an observational experience. Please note neither the Medical Director's Office nor the Chief Nursing Officer's office will assist in matching prospective observers with providers.

Observers are required to comply with all UW Medical Center immunization policies and procedures. Applications with incomplete immunization documentation will not be approved. Self-reported vaccine history will not be accepted, it must be official documentation from a healthcare provider/facility. 

Please contact UW Medical Center Employee Health directly if you have any questions regarding immunization, (206) 598-4848.

How to submit your application:

UW Medical Center — Montlake Campus:

  • For MD observations, submit application to
  • For RN/other patient care services staff member observations, submit application to 

UW Medical Center — Northwest Campus:

UW Medical Center Ambulatory Services:


  • All vendors are required to register with VendorMate

Harborview Medical Center:

If you have questions or need further information:

  • For UW Medical Center - Montlake campus, email for MD observations or email for nurse or other patient care services staff member observations.
  • For UW Medical Center - Northwest campus, email for MD observations or email for RN or other patient care services staff member observations.
  • For Ambulatory Services observations, please email