Medical Student Rotations at Seattle Children's


COVID-19 and Masking Requirements at SCH

If you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms or have experienced a possible or known exposure, please contact the Medical Student Program for guidance. (

Effective 04/15/2024:

  • Masking is optional for workforce members, patients, caregivers and visitors during clinical encounters and in all other settings.
  • Eye protection is only required based on standard and transmission-based precautions.
  • Students will be issued a face shield at sign-in with the Medical Student Program.

What to Expect on Your First Day at SCH

Please be patient and plan ahead as sometimes the screening lines can get long.

Your rotation at Children’s starts in the Graduate Medical Education/Medical Student Office at Seattle Children’s, 4800 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle WA, room OC.7.830.

  1. Turn onto Penny Drive to enter Seattle Children’s campus
  2. Park in Lot 4 using the parking PIN provided to you in your sign-in and badging information email.
  3. Enter the hospital through the River 3 entrance.
  4. Check in with the security desk for a visitor sticker. It will help to show your orientation information email from the Medical Student Office.
  5. Proceed to the GME Office on Ocean 7.

In the GME Office, you will be issued an SCH photo ID badge. If necessary, you will be asked to complete any outstanding paperwork or web-based training modules.

Once you have completed any required web-based training and the sign-in and badging process, you will be released to your rotation.

Medical Student Parking at SCH and Transportation Info

Parking Information

Orientation Day Parking

  • On the day of orientation (or the day you sign-in) only, you will park in Lot 4. You will need a PIN to enter the lot. The PIN will be included in your sign-in and badging email from the Medical Student Program.
    • Lot 4 looks small when you pull in but keep going–you might need to drive around the corner to find a spot. The map linked above will help!

After Orientation Day Parking

Where you park depends on when you are scheduled to be at the hospital:

  • If you arrive before 6AM or after 10:30AM on weekdays or anytime on a weekend or Children’s-observed holiday, you may park onsite in staff Lots 1, 2, 3 or 4. You will need your badge to get in and out of the lots.
  • If you arrive between the hours of 6AM and 10:30AM on weekdays, you are required to park off-site.
    • Medical students park for free at the NE 65th Lot in Magnuson Park and use the SCH shuttle for transportation between the parking lot and the hospital. The current shuttle schedule is here.
    • Directions: From Sand Point Way, NE, turn into Magnuson Park at the NE 65th St entrance. Park in the lot located across from the Western Fisheries Research Center. Here’s a map of the NE 65th Lot in Magnuson Park.
  • DO NOT park in patient/family/visitor parking.
  • DO NOT park in the neighborhoods around SCH.
  • DO NOT use the River circle for drop-offs; it is for patient drop off and staff shuttles only. Please use the drop-off areas at the Forest or Ocean 7 entrances.
  • Failure to comply with the parking rules will get you ticketed or towed.

NOTICE: You are required to turn in your SCH badge at the end of your rotation but will still be allowed to ride the shuttle to get to your car. Let the driver know that you finished your rotation and returned your badge to the GME office as required.

Other Shuttles and Buses:

Other shuttle options include the UW Health Sciences Express Shuttle, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) Shuttle and the UW/Fred Hutch South Lake Union Shuttle. You can find those shuttle schedules and information here.  Finally, the hospital is served directly by four King Country Metro bus routes: #31, #32, #65, and #75.

Biking Information:

SCH is a bike-friendly workplace and medical students are welcome and encouraged to ride to the hospital. You can find useful information about getting from the Burke-Gilman Trail to the hospital, bike parking and locker room locations here.

Badge Information


  • SCH badges will be valid for the duration of the medical student’s rotation and must be returned at the end of the rotation (see Returning Badges below).  
  • Medical students at SCH for multiple rotations will need to have their badge renewed for each rotation. 
  • Medical students are expected to wear their SCH issued badge at all times while on campus. The badge must be worn visibly and above the waist. 

Badges Access

  • Access is granted to employee doors, general access stairwells and locker rooms.  

Badges and Social Media

  • Posting or sharing a photo of the badge to social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram makes it easy to duplicate the badge and create a security risk.  Do not post photos of your badge on social media. Do not take photos of your badge. 

Visitor’s Badge

  • The visitor’s Badge issued at the entrance on the first day of the rotation does not permit the medical student to engage in patient care. 

Lost or Forgotten Badges

  • Lost badges must be reported immediately to the Graduate Medical Education Office to be issued a new badge. Medical students are not permitted to report their clinic duties with a Visitor’s Badge or Temporary, even one issued by an SCH Entrance Coordinator. 

Returning Badges & Pagers

  • The SCH GME Office requires that all medical students return their badges and pagers to the SCH GME Office at the end of each rotation.  
  • Badge access is terminated at midnight of the printed date on the front of each badge (generally 24 hours after a rotation ends).  
  • The GME Office will issue a new badge if/when you return for another rotation at SCH. 
  • The GME Office is staffed only for scheduled orientations and sign-ins. 
  • Please use the GME Office Badge/Pager Return drop box across from the Pelican elevators, just around the corner from the GME Office. DO NOT RETURN PAGERS OR BADGES TO ANYWHERE OTHER THAN THIS DROP BOX. 

Seattle Children’s Graduate and Medical Student Education Office Policies & Procedures

Prior to the start of your rotation, please review the Policies and Procedures document linked here.

Food Service Options at SCH

The Seattle Children’s Ocean Cafeteria is open 6:30AM to 7:30PM seven days a week. Effective 6/3/2024, overnight food service is suspended indefinitely.

Medical students attending the noon time Resident Teaching Conference are welcome to grab lunch at the conference. Please do not take food if you aren’t staying for the conference.

Medical students on overnight shifts only are welcome to grab a snack/food item from the GME Lounge (RC.2.731) or Resident ED refrigerator. Please note that GME Lounge is video monitored.

Conferences at SCH

Patient Care Clerkship Didactics (see your schedule for dates and times)

Zoom link here.

12:00-1:00P Resident and Student Conference (Monday through Friday):

Zoom link here. Password uwpeds

Seattle Children’s Grand Rounds, Thursdays at 8:00AM PST

Provider Grand Rounds – Seattle Children’s (

White Coats, Personal Appearance and Dress Code

White coats are not required at SCH. However, your attending may have a preference so make sure that you have it in Seattle with you. In addition, please read the SCH Personal Appearance & Dress Code for all medical trainees at SCH here. If you have any questions, please ask.

HIPAA Reminder

Medical students are not allowed to take any medical records or anything with patient information out of the hospital.  This includes but is not limited to patient medical records, H&Ps with identifying information, patient sign-outs, or records from other hospitals.  If you have been given access to the EMR, remember that you are legally only allowed to access the patient information for patients in your direct care.  If you have any doubts or questions, please call the Medical Student Office at 206-987-2008.

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