Your shadowing experience can turn into something so much more than you ever imagined.

Your shadowing experience can turn into something so much more than you ever imagined.

  • Shadowing is when you observe a physician in the clinic, hospital, O.R., or wherever the physician works.
  • You are the physician’s shadow. You’re like a fly on the wall, observing as the physician goes through a typical day.
  • Sometimes the physician will let you do a patient exam, listen to the patient’s lungs, and so on.
  • You can ask questions and learn from what you see the doctor doing.
  • Shadowing gives you first-hand knowledge to see what life is really like as a physician.
  • Shadowing allows you to build relationships with physicians who can write you letters of recommendation for medical school.

Reasons for Shadowing as a Premed

Shadowing will help you:

  • Gain first-hand, tangible knowledge of what it’s like to practice as a physician
  • Get a sense of what the perks are of being a physician as well as the rewards and challenges
  • See how much paperwork is involved in the day-to-day life of a physician
  • Build relationships and a strong network of people you know in health care
  • Get a unique one-on-one opportunity to learn actively from a physician
  • Help the health care team and the patients while you’re there
  • See if you would enjoy the life of a physician
  • Get exposed to different specialties and figure out what area of medicine you might be interested in
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