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    How to have time for all extracurriculars?

    Just finished first semester as a sophomore, I know I didn't get started as quickly as I should've, but I'm gonna start research in a couple weeks, apart from that I've just maintained a 4.0 gpa without any other extracurriculars. I don't want to take a lot of gap years, I would be fine applying...
  3. P

    I really really cannot find anyone to shadow

    I've tried calling podiatrists in my area and the only ones who are doing shadowing due to covid are 3-4 hours away and I don't have transportation. I wanted to apply this cycle, my MCAT score should be back early October but I'm not sure what to do. The only thing I have is virtual shadowing...
  4. S

    Chances of getting into dental school

    Hi guys, I am just posting to see what I need to do to strengthen my Dental application for this May. I don’t have that many volunteer hours (about20-30) and i have only been able to shadow an oral surgeon for 55 hours. I also am on the table tennis team at my university and a TA. I have called...
  5. C

    No shadowing but lots of clinical?

    I applied last cycle to no avail which I kind of expected because I only had hospital volunteer experience and worked part time as a physical therapy aide. This past year I have been working as a medical assistant at a clinic with NPs and PAs and will have about 1500 hours by the time I apply...
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    Dental Experience Hours

    Hello all! I just had a quick question: I am applying to dental school this cycle, and I have the following amount of dental experience hours: Shadowing my family dentist: ~28 hrs Shadowing an oral surgeon’s practice: ~76hrs Shadowing a pediatric dentist: ~28 hrs Volunteering as a dental...
  7. jg2021

    What more can I do?

    I will be a junior this fall 2019 and i’m looking for ways to improve my application as this is sort of the final year I can do this unless I end up needing to take a gap year. I have a 3.5 gpa, which I know isn’t too good but I am on the track to a 3.6 by the end of semester 1 of junior year...
  8. M

    Listing parent for shadowing on AMCAS...?

    I apologize if this has already been answered but is it okay to list a parent on AMCAS for shadowing? My dad is in primary care and I spent two weeks shadowing him all day in our family run clinic for about 60ish hours (2 years ago) and I wanted to list it but I wasn't sure how it would...
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    How do I find a doctor who would be willing to let me shadow them?

    I am a freshman pre-medical student attending school at the University of Central Florida. I recently began volunteering at the Nemours Children's Hospital in the surgical unit as I hope to become a pediatric surgeon or neurosurgeon. Based on the advice of my counselor, I was hoping I would have...
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    Shadowing Thank You Card Now or Later?

    I recently shadowed a gastroenterologist for 3 days in a row. I have spoken with him about LORs and he has expressed that he'd be happy to write me one. I told him that I'd like to come back and shadow him several more times before I apply to medical school next summer. I usually send the...
  11. J

    Taking Patient Vitals

    So I started out shadowing this doctor and now I volunteer for him and take patient vitals (height,weight, bp), as well as take patient history and review patient medication. I am applying to medical school next year so I just wanted to know if any of these things are illegal/frowned...
  12. P

    extracurricular hours

    Hi everyone! just wondering, what is considered the base amount of hours of experience shadowing, volunteering (both clinical/nonclinical), research, and paid clinical work? I am under the impression around: shadowing: 60 hrs clinical vol: 200 hrs nonclin vol: 150 hrs research: not "required"...
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    Doctor I shadow suddenly ghosted...

    So I am currently shadowing this surgeon at a private office about once a week for the summer and we usually decide what day for me to come the following week at the end of the day after I shadow. However, last week we were very rushed towards the end of the day (I had to make it to a volunteer...
  14. Y

    What do I need to add to my resume?

    Hello, I am a Penn State Pre-Med student about to start my major in Philosophy. I am going into Junior year and currently have a GPA of 3.56 after taking all the pre-reqs for med school except Orgo lab, Physics II, and BioChemistry. Hopefully at the end of Junior Year I will have a GPA at about...
  15. Gorophilic

    How do I effectively shadow?

    Hey guys, Spending the summer between MS1 and MS2 doing research in a competitive surgical subspecialty at a prestigious institution down south. I'm shadowing some of the surgeons in the department and was wondering how do I leave a great impression while shadowing and not just be in the way...
  16. HoHoKus Dental Associates


    Hello Pre-Dental Students! Keep an eye out for our coming thread! We are giving YOU the opportunity to intern with HoHoKus Dental Associates THIS YEAR!
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    hi everyone, I am not taking classes this summer and will start my junior year this fall. I want to do some shadowing this summer, but I am having problems with actually finding doctors who want to do it. I’ve called several neurosurgeons, multiple private family medicine practices, and a...
  18. S

    Shadowing right before submitting AMCAS

    Hi all, I'm applying this cycle. I will be taking the MCAT on June 1st, and my goal is to submit my primary application by June 10ish. I currently have about 65 hours of shadowing (pediatrician, psychiatrist, internist) that I've done over the past 1.5 years. There is an ER physician I know...
  19. C

    URM Help: Where to shadow in NYC?

    Does anyone (urm/orm) NYS resident know any hospitals,clinics, or physicians in particular that allow pre med students to shadow? I am having trouble finding physicians to shadow. Please help!
  20. whosnisarg

    Shadowing Dental Speciality?

    Hey guys, I will be shadowing two general dentists this upcoming July (and I will continue shadowing one of them during winter break) and I will also shadow an OMFS in August (I am so excited). :) In total for this summer: General Dentist: 50-60 hours OMFS: 40-50 hours Total: At least 100...
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    Volunteering/Shadowing Leads in DC/MD/VA

    Hi all, I'm a non-traditional applicant currently working full-time in a non-medical field. I've been having trouble finding doctor's offices or clinics in the DMV area that are open to non-student volunteers who are only available during non-business hours (anytime other than 9am-6pm on...
  22. stayathomemom

    Shadowing what kind of medical professional?

    Besides MDs, I know I can shadow DOs. But does shadowing NPs, PAs, or NDs count? Any other acronyms? (I tried to search the forums, but I couldn't find an answer.) While we're here, I'll ask a few more: how many hours are appropriate to ask for from a doctor you aren't already acquainted with...
  23. R

    Looking to Shadow a PA in the DFW/Waco/Corsicana/Austin area?

    Hello! I am a junior biology student at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. I have had a bit of a hard time finding PAs who would allow me to shadow them. I am willing to travel if need be. If anyone is open to this or has the information for someone else who may be, please let me know...
  24. G

    Question about shadowing

    hi everyone, I have recently shadowed a podiatrist surgeon for a day. I am wondering...even though podiatry is usually its own professional school, will these shadowing hours still help me on a med school application? Thanks.
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    DO Shadowing Opportunities near Seattle

    Hi all, I live in the Seattle area and am looking to shadow a DO ahead of applying to med school (Allo & Osteo) in June. I’ve cold called many offices and was wondering if anyone has had any luck with DO shadowing opportunities near Seattle. Let me know. I really appreciate it! I apologize if...
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    Shadowing or Scribing?

    I plan on taking the MCAT late January-early February. I am currently a Scribe, and I find myself completely overwhelmed from work by the time I come home, even though I am a part-time Scribe that's getting paid $7.25. The other days I'm not working, I would think about and dread my future...
  27. R

    90 hours of physician shadowing in highschool. Waste?

    I shadowed a cardiothoracic surgeon (family friend) for 50 hours over 2 weeks in 11th grade. Later, in 12th grade, I shadowed a General Surgeon for another 40 hours, also over 2 weeks. Both were kind enough to provide me with a signed letter of proof. Would these hours be worth mentioning on a...
  28. plantsandpremed

    Clinical Rotations as a Pre-Med

    Hey! I have a cool set up where I am privileged enough to have interviewed with the hospital director and placed in a position where I am able to shadow within 32 departments, including sub-specialties. Should I take advantage of all 32, or focus on one that I really love? Some are surgical, and...
  29. S

    Translated for Doctor while shadowing- Mention at interview?

    This summer I shadowed a physician at a primary care clinic and translated for many patients using my first language. I know it is against regulations to translate unless you are a licensed interpreter, however, the physician encouraged it and the patients really seemed to benefit. Would it be...
  30. G

    can I ask my childs doctor to be my mentor and if so is it a bad idea?

    I posted this yesterday but I think I posted in the wrong thread by accident I am just wondering if it's appropriate to ask my child's Neurologist if she would be willing to be my Pre med mentor? Not sure what the rules are in something like this? Where the code of conduct/ patient Doctor...
  31. thenor

    A Pediatric Otolaryngologist/ ENT physician is letting me shadow him. What surgery should I observe?

    Hi Everyone, A pediatric Otolaryngologist/ ENT physician is letting me shadow him. He is giving me the option of observing one surgery and was wondering what surgery I'm interested in observing. I'm not sure what surgery to observe. Helpppp Thanks
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    Am I starting too young?

    Hi! I've been lurking the pre-vet forums for quite awhile but have yet to see any answers to my (many) questions and decided I might as well just ask. :) Anyway, I'm 16 and am going into my junior year of high school. I've been thinking about careers and I keep getting drawn into vet med - and...
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    Good/Bad Shadow Experience

    Wanted to make this forum just because the last similar thread was made back in either 2013 or 2015 and wanted to make an updated version Leave your good/bad shadow experience! I would love to read some. I forgot to post my story up. I got to shadow my uncle's wife, who is an ophthalmologist...
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    Shadowing Experience

    Hello, I have a question about shadowing. I am planning on applying this cycle. I have shadowing experience already (100+ hours). However, it has only been abroad. I have volunteered in a clinical setting, but not directly shadowed in the US. I have heard that it looks bad to not have domestic...
  35. HoHoKus Dental Associates

    Shadowing Opportunities in New Jersey

    Hello everyone, If you are in the NJ area and are looking for opportunities to shadow/intern, please contact us at [email protected]. Our website can give you more details on how our program is set up and this is a great opportunity for anyone interested in the field of dentistry! Good...
  36. ServiceFirst

    Shadowed primary care physician in high school, include in app?

    I'm planning on adding a few more shadowing experiences to my application for this cycle, but in all honesty it is something that I'm lacking overall for my undergraduate experiences, although I do have quite a bit of clinical volunteering (300+ hours). I'm reaching out for some advice for if I...
  37. HoHoKus Dental Associates

    Shadowing Opportunities for Dental School

    Hello everyone, If you are in the NJ area and are looking for opportunities to shadow, please contact us at [email protected]. Our website can give you more details on how our program is set up and this is a great opportunity for anyone interested in the field of dentistry! Sincerely...
  38. S

    Help required about shadowing

    Hi...... I want to shadow a dentist... but I don't know how to approach it... how exactly do we approach a dentist especially when we don't even know them???? And if they do allow us to shadow: how many days should we shadow? How many hours? Any info will be much appreciated!!!!!
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    Dentists to Shadow in Chicago

    Hi everyone, I need some help finding dentists in Chicago to shadow. I have gotten a few rejections, so I was wondering if you guys know of any dentists who are more willing to have a student shadow/volunteer at their clinic? Thank you!