Shadowing is one of the great benefits of being a part of EMIG. We have established some great connections with local hospitals and doctors allowing students to get first-hand experience in some of the busiest ERs in the country. Below is a list of shadowing sites and how to make arrangements with each facility.

  • Please plan to stay at least 2 hours (you may stay as long as you like).
  • Dress attire or scrubs are required. All students must wear their white coat and have WSU ID. All sites reserve the right to refuse or cancel shadowing opportunities as well as the right to ask students to leave.
  • There are student maximums at each site. Because of this, your desired date and time may not be available.

Note: There are special instructions for Henry Ford. Please pay close attention when scheduling.

DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital

Email Dr. Kouyoumjian (Dr. K) at least 3 days in advance of your desired date. Specify the time you would like. 

Park wherever you normally park for class. Enter through the ED Walk In entrance and tell security and the clerk why you are there. Dr. K may have already given you the name of the physician you are working with. If not, let security know you are looking for Module 5 and they will direct you.

DMC Sinai Grace Hospital - 6071 W. Outer Dr, Detroit

Shadowing is available to Wayne State University School of Medicine students only. Email Emma Harrison or call 313-966-2528 at least 3 days prior to your desired date. Specify the time you would like. 

Parking is free in the Visitor's Lot. Street parking is absolutely not recommended. On arrival, let security and the information desk know why you are there and they will direct you to the ED physician area ('fishbowl").

Henry Ford Hospital - 2799 W. Grand Blvd, Detroit

If you have already participated in the HFH student shadowing orientation process (conducted at the beginning of the academic year at WSU for students with Clin Med at HFH, student receives confirmation and "HFH observer" sticker for their badge) then you can contact Tina Gaines (EM secretary) directly for shadowing scheduling.  If you have not completed HFH orientation, then you should contact Dianne Weiland in the UGME office to schedule orientation, then contact Tina for shadowing scheduling.  Questions about the orientation process should be directed to Dianne.

Parking in the ED lot (entrance off of Poe St) costs $2.50.  Street parking is sometimes available but is not recommended.  You may enter either through the ambulance entrance or the Walk In Triage entrance. Tell security and/or the clerk who you are and why you are there and they will direct you to a physician for pairing.

Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak Campus - 13 Mile Rd and Woodward, Royal Oak

For any shadowing/observerships at Beaumont, Royal Oak, you are responsible for finding your own host physician. Once you and the physician are in an agreement of what days they can accommodate you, they will provide your with the next steps.


Beaumont Hospital, Troy Campus - 44201 Dequindre Rd, Troy

Email Dr. Stephanie Goike at least 3 days in advance of your desired date. Also specify desired time.

Parking should be free in the ED lot. Enter via the Walk In Triage entrance and let the clerk or security know why you are there and they will direct you to the physician area.

St. John Hospital - 22101 Moross, Detroit

Call 313-343-8797 at least 3 days in advance of your desired date. Ask for Linda or Barbara. You may be required to sign liability and HIPAA forms prior to your visit. If so, they will instruct you how to complete these.

Park in the West parking structure (by the ED). Parking should be free. Go to the Triage/Walk In entrance and tell them who you are, that you're there to shadow and ask for the senior resident or an attending physician.