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M.O.O.N. Program (Medical Observation Opportunity Network)

The M.O.O.N Program exposes high school students to Physician and Advanced Practice Provider (APP) career options through observation of various practitioners in the office setting, inpatient/outpatient areas, and in the operating room.

These observations are accompanied by hands-on activities, panel discussions, and other great learning experiences!

Program Features

  • Free week long program for high school students. 
  • Program agenda may include:
    • Physician and APP Educational Requirements & Career Options.
    • Simulation and Skills Lab.
    • Multiple Shadowing Rounds with Physicians and collaborating Advanced Practice Providers (APPs).
    • Open Panel Discussion and Q & A.
    • M.O.O.N Program Graduation.

Participation Requirements:

  • Minimum age of 16 (at time of program start).
  • High School Student (at time of application).
  • Completion of program application prior to deadline, Monday, April 3 at NOON.
  • Two Letters of Recommendation received prior to the deadline Tuesday, April 4 at NOON.
  • Required immunizations (see below), consent forms, and hospital orientation prior to start of program.
  • Participants may be traveling to different locations throughout the day; a valid driver's license or reliable transportation during program hours (8 a.m. to 4 pm.) is required.

The 2023 M·O·O·N· Program promises to be an amazing experience, but only because of the dedication from the following:

Dr. Ryan Moon, M.D., St. Elizabeth Physicians, and St. Elizabeth Healthcare Departments (Perioperative Institute, Organizational Development, Volunteer Services, and Medical Affairs).

Ensuring the safety of our patients, associates, M.O.O.N. participants, and our community is our priority at St. Elizabeth. In the event of unforeseen circumstances, we reserve the right to make modifications to our program, up to and including cancellation.


2023 M.O.O.N. Program Details

Monday, July 17 through Friday, July 21
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. daily

You will receive a confirmation email after submitting your application. If you do not receive your confirmation, please reach out to us via email at moon.program@stelizabeth.com.

Important Dates!

*Deadline to Submit Online Application:
Monday, April 3 at NOON
**Deadline for Letters of Recommendation to be Received by St. Elizabeth:
Tuesday, April 4 at NOON

UPDATE: Applicants to be notified by April 21, 2023.
For questions, please contact us by email: moon.program@stelizabeth.com

Immunization Required: Documents are required to originate from a healthcare provider:

  • Diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis [Tdap or DTaP]. Must have received after 2005.
  • Two dose series MMR [Measles, mumps, and rubella] OR therapeutic blood titers.
  • Two does series Varicella OR documented proof of having had Chickenpox disease OR therapeutic blood titer.
  • Initial COVID vaccination(s) - Boosters are not required at this time.
  • Tuberculosis [TB] Screening dated AFTER July 22, 2022. Test options include:
    • Negative reading of a TB Skin Test (one-step or two-stop acceptable)


    • Negative TB Blood Test: Accepted tests are...
      • QuantiFERON® - TB Gold Plus (QFT-Plus) OR T-SPOT® TB test (T-Spot)

2022 M.O.O.N. Program

In 2022, St. Elizabeth hosted 20 high school students from 12 area schools for the fifth edition of the M.O.O.N. Program. This five-day learning event exposed the participants to the collaborative nature of the medical profession in a variety of settings: Physician practice offices, inpatient hospital units, and the operating room. More than 60 St. Elizabeth providers volunteered their time!


Letters from M.O.O.N Alumni

"M.O.O.N. is so much more than other healthcare observation programs! It is a truly immersive experience all students should partake in before going into med school! At M.O.O.N., I was able to witness many surgeries, complete rounds with doctors of various professions, and truly come to understand the daily life of a healthcare worker! I was eager to arrive and see what adventures awaited me that day in the hospital. Every employee of St. Elizabeth was so kind and truly cared about every detail of your experience! From nurses allowing me to dissect a cancerous piece of lung tissue removed from a patient to doctors letting me stand beside them over an operating table, I felt like part of the St. E family during the length of the program!

Being the only candidate from Indiana, I woke up every day to a 2-hour drive; but it was worth every mile! I woke up each morning, dawned my coat, and went out the front door with a smile ready to see what awaited me that day! The team behind the program itself is a group of some of the most caring and thoughtful ladies I have ever met, there to help you every step of the way should you need it. At M.O.O.N., I didn't feel like a program member; I felt like family. To anyone hesitant to apply, let me tell you this, it is truly a once in a lifetime experience that you cannot get anywhere else! To anyone that helped with the program, God Bless you for such an amazing opportunity!"

Braydan Allen

"The M.O.O.N Program was a most memorable experience. Ever since I was little, I knew that I wanted to be a doctor. What I didn’t know was in which field; I wanted to know what the lifestyle would be like. Like most students, my experience with the medical field ended once the doctor left the exam room. The M.O.O.N Program allowed me to tag along after that door closed, and through simulation labs and going from office to office, I got to dress up in my white coat to play doctor for the week. I learned how to tie a tourniquet, suture a wound, and even intubate...a dummy of course. I assisted in exciting trauma simulations: running Code Blues, performing CPR, and even drilling a hole to start an intraosseous IV.

My time at the M.O.O.N Program was incredibly eye-opening. I had the unique privilege of seeing things that you don’t see in high school. I shadowed 7 different physicians ranging from a breast cancer oncologist to a thoracic surgeon. One of my many favorite parts of this program was being able to sit in on surgeries. What teenager gets to go into the OR...let alone 3 times? On the fourth day of the M.O.O.N Program, I was scheduled to shadow an urogynecology surgeon. It was honestly one of the coolest experiences I’ve ever had. Stepping foot into the operating room is intimidating. Gowns and masks. Beeping noises. “Don’t go past this line” and “Don’t touch anything”. As overwhelming as that was, the surgeon was so welcoming. She played music while she operated and made sure to answer any questions that I had either about her career or about the operation being performed. However, I wasn’t just a bystander. She asked me to let her know when I could see urine fill the bladder on the cystoscope camera before moving on to the next sequence of the procedure.

Being in that OR was inspiring and motivating. It was clear how much the surgeon loved what she was doing. As a matter of fact, I was constantly surrounded by people who were passionate about their fields. I want that. I want to love my career and be just as committed. The M.O.O.N Program exposed me to multiple areas of medicine, and I appreciated the Network aspect of the Program; not only in all the wonderful doctors I had the ability to meet, but also in the like-minded students interested in the same path as me. I now have a jump start on my journey to becoming a physician. I will forever be grateful for the opportunities that the M.O.O.N Program has given me".

Megan Chun

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Hear from Former Participants

“It offers amazing experiences that are hard to receive somewhere else.”

“It lit a fire in me and inspired me … I can’t wait till it’s my turn to be a lead surgeon on a case.”

“This program gives a realistic view into the work life of physicians.”

“I was just so amazed at every single thing I saw.”

“I loved watching the surgeries and being a part of office hours. It gave me a well-rounded perception.”

“I fell in love with the environment. Being able to meet so many different people and watch so many different things showed me how exciting and personal the world of medicine is.”

“What you get to experience is nothing you’ve ever seen before. It truly gives you an insight to your potential future.”

“It was the best educational opportunity I’ve ever had, and I would highly recommend it to my classmates.”

“This program is unique in its personalized schedules/assignments with doctors.”