First, I am impressed with the effort so many put into achieving their goals to become a physician, starting at such young ages. It gives one hope for the future. As a non-medical person I am hoping that some here can help me understand certain basic protocols for student shadows that I have not been able to get from my local hospital. Having learned that they have students as young as 14 observing surgeries in the OR, I posed several very specific questions so as to understand what high school student shadows are given access to. Regretfully I have not been able to get any policy feedback from the hospital beyond students wear badges saying they are students and that patients can refuse students if they so choose. Those things I already knew. What I asked is whether high school students are in the OR during the patient prep or only after patients have been draped and are ready for surgery, whether there are restrictions on what kinds of surgeries students are allowed to observe, and generally whether high school students are allowed access to patients when patients are intimately exposed, be the patient awake or anesthesized. Does their lack of answer mean there are no restrictions whatsoever? I hope not because I am generally disposed to helping students learn, but not so much that I'd allow a 14 year old girl to watch me be catheterized. My guess is that common sense likely prevails and that patient privacy is protected but not being able to get any answers from the hospital has me wondering. Thanks for any insights you can provide. Good luck with your careers.