1. lialalala

    Medical Assistant vs. Medical Scribe

    I have clinical experience working in a big hospital watching hospitalized patients for 8 hours a day. Although I built great clinical experience, I do not have "shadowing" experience because I never worked beside doctors so I was planning to do a scribe job. I found a few places looking for...
  2. lialalala

    Does it matter which scribe experience I have?

    I worked in a big hospital last year as a patient assistant that I was able to have a lot of experience in a hospital environment. But I was staying in a room with hospitalized patients that I was not able to shadow a doctor, so I decided to do a scribe for shadowing experience. A few places...
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    Proof for Shadowing?

    Hey guys! I've been shadowing a surgeon this entire summer and this is my last week. I wanted to know how we should document our shadowing hours as proof to show on our medical school apps. Should I ask the surgeon to write me a letter that acknowledges the amount of hours that I've shadowed at...
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    Am I too behind to realistically apply for the upcoming AMCAS application cycle?

    Hello, I was hoping to get some opinions or advice (maybe words of encouragement?) regarding my situation. I am currently a Junior pursuing Pre-Med, but I have yet to take the MCAT and have had trouble finding a physician to shadow (especially with the restrictions due to the pandemic the past...
  5. A

    Do I need shadowing?

    I am a second year undergrad studying neuroscience, 3.91 GPA with close to 400 volunteering hours (crisis counselor for NSPL) and 1300 hours (750 as a ICU tech during covid, 550ish as an endoscopy technician). My question is do I need to really seek out any shadowing? My job as an endoscopy...
  6. H

    About to write some shadowing letters, should I direct the letter to the practice or to the physicians themselves?

    Hello everyone, I am a senior in college trying to get some last minute shadowing under my belt since COVID pushed me behind. I was advised by a classmate to write letters to small practices instead of trying a hospital. However, I’m not sure if I should write the practice as a whole or the...
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    I am a Sophomore at my university now, wishing to pursue Medical School in the nearby future. I have been actively trying to collect every single shadowing experience I can and thanks to my husband contacts (he is a FM resident), I have been able to get some hours. So far I have shadowed a FM...
  8. DoctoOcto

    Cannot for the life of me find a DO to shadow

    I live in a pretty large pop. area, so I thought it would be fairly doable to find a DO to shadow... but boy am I wrong right now. I was able to shadow 2 MD physicians, and even work for one, but I cannot for the life of me cannot find a DO physician to shadow. They're all either too busy, not...
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    General Admissions & OTCAS Difficulties finding OT observation/volunteer hours in NYC?

    Hi guys, I'm in the process of applying to OT grad school. I feel like my application is very weak right now since I don't have volunteering experience. I've been having difficulty finding a place to allow me to volunteer or observe, I'm guessing due to the pandemic and all. I'm currently in...
  11. M

    Advice On Shadowing Doctors

    Good day, I promise I'll make this short and worth your time. My name is Hayley. I'm a rising junior and I'm on the pre-med pathway. It has been a rough year with the pandemic and opportunities and challenged but I'm making it work. I have a quick question because I appreciate the input of...
  12. cocacola162004

    Need guidance or any tips

    Hi I am looking to get some guidance or help regarding my current situation. Any help will be greatly appreciated :) I graduated from McMaster university (Ontario, Canada) with a 3.59 cGPA BScN degree. I feel like my GPA is not competitive so I am intending to do another undergrad for 3-4...
  13. A

    Dental Assisting/Shadowing Hours

    Hey everyone, so I was lucky enough to get around 30-40 hrs of hands-on work assisting when I shadowed my dentist. It wasn't all the time, but I still got a really great experience and a decent amount of my shadowing hrs (140 total) consist of me assisting. My question is should I separate those...
  14. G

    Seeking Psychiatry Shadowing Chicago Area

    Hello, I'm seeking psychiatry shadowing/clinical opportunities in the Chicago area. Loyola University Chicago explained that we need to set up shadowing on our own during post-bacc. How do people go about finding these opportunities, and are there specific opportunities anyone can recommend? I...
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    International Medical Aid Shadowing

    Hey all! I recently stumbled across the IMA website and I was wondering if anyone has heard about it/knows if it is legit. I have some shadowing experience in the US, but I wasn't able to go abroad in undergrad so I thought this might be a good way to do both abroad work and get some clinical...
  16. mgma.2124

    Which vet schools currently take into account virtual shadowing, internships?

    Apart from Michigan State, which vet schools count virtual shadowing, internship hours?
  17. theRatWhisperer

    Incoming OMS-1 - When to Shadow?

    As I prepare to enter medical school in July, I’ve started to think about potential specialties. I know the match is years away, but the idea of not being 100% sure of what I want to do for the rest of my career when the time comes to submit applications scares the crap out of me. My research...
  18. B

    Summer after sophomore year...reject internship offer?

    Hey everyone, Currently about halfway through the my sophomore spring semester, and have applied to some internships. I ended up getting accepted by one, which is a genetics data-curation internship that contributes allelic information to an online database. I accepted the offer, because I...
  19. B

    Observation hours during covid?

    How is everyone getting their hours during covid?! I know some schools are being "lenient", but I only have ten signed hours and I don't think that will cut it. I switched to PT right before covid hit but I want to apply this summer. I have more hours from 2017 but I do not have them signed...
  20. LeahKesley

    Volunteering/job shadowing during a pandemic

    Hi, I’m really curious to see if there are pre-vets out there who have tried volunteering during this pandemic. Not very few vets were available for shadowing in my area, and I want to start as soon as possible. Are there any virtual shadowing options?
  21. fishbonez

    Dental experience vs dental shadowing

    Hi! This may seem like an easy question and has been answered multiple times, but for the life of me I can’t find an answer. As I look at dental schools that I want to apply to and those with shadowing requirements, schools like NYU and BU, have a 100 hour shadowing requirement. Most of my...
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    Shadowing Overseas

    Hi guys! Although I’m a US citizen my family resides in Italy so I tend to spend my summers there when I’m not attending university in the States. My question is, a lot of my shadowing hours were conducted with an Italian dentist rather than a US based one. I plan on shadowing a dentist in the...
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    Advice for Shadowing Doctors/Clinical Experience during the pandemic

    Hi, I am a junior planning to apply to medical school in the next cycle. Due to COVID-19 I wasn't able to volunteer/shadow last spring and this summer as planned. I only have about 50 clinical volunteer hours from the previous summer and no other clinical experiences. I am aware that I need more...
  24. T

    Are these stats enough to get me into UAB?

    I feel like I'm just trying to shout into an echo chamber & begging for reassurance at this point but these are my stats: GPA: 3.62 OAT: 290 AA; 270 TS (I scored over 300 in 3 of the categories but my abysmal 220 physics score brought down my overall scores by a lot) To further elaborate, I went...
  25. P

    DO Shadowing COVID-19

    Hello, I live in the Bay Area and I am looking to shadow a osteopathic physician. I understand that with COVID-19 this has become more difficult. I have shadowing experience as well as a lot of clinical experience however this was 95% with an MD. I am reapplying to osteopathic schools and would...
  26. Perchperkins

    Is it still worth asking doctors to let you shadow them during a time like this?

    This question may seem silly but I guess it’s worth asking. I’m an incoming sophomore premed student. In my freshman year I was just getting into volunteering but since COVID happened, we got sent home and the hospital suspended volunteering for a bit. Now that we are going back to college for...
  27. P

    Pre Secondary Screen for Shadowing

    Hi I have a unique situation. I had issues with my work/activities section failing to save and had to re-do the entire section. The majority of my shadowing experiences have been as components of other experiences (for example, I worked in an dr's office and also shadowed that doctor as part of...
  28. M

    Advice for Shadowing Doctors

    Hi, I'm a rising sophomore on a pre-med path and I was wondering if anyone has any advice for shadowing doctors. With the pandemic taking place I was going to focus on shadowing as well as volunteer work in my area. It would be my first time shadowing doctors and I don't exactly know what I'm...
  29. KatsuCurry

    Combining Shadowing Experiences, is this okay?

    So I would like to combine my 3 shadowing experiences into one activity, so I have more room to talk about other activities. However, I have a couple of questions. I would appreciate help from anyone who's doing the same thing or did the same things in past cycles. I don't want to show bias...
  30. O

    HELP!! Shadowing/clinical experience during covid?!

    Hi guys! I just finished my third year of undergrad, and I was planning on applying for the 2020-2021 cycle, but now that corona stuff happened I'm worried about how I'm going to get my shadowing/experience hours in... Anyone have any ideas or advice on what I should do? Do you think schools...
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  32. HumanAfterAll

    Splitting Up Shadowing (I Know)

  33. 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...
  34. postponemastudentloan

    What type of EC’s for Med school?

    Hi guys, I wanted to get your advice on what you think standard EC’s (and how many hours) are for MD schools? I’m not sure what all falls under the category of EC’s but this is what I’m doing so far: -working as an LPN -research -volunteering in a hospital because of my clinical experience...
  35. Tiff-of-knee

    experience contact info on OptomCAS

    What happens if I don't provide the contact info of my supervisors when filling in my "experiences" page? What happens if I don't hit "Yes" for the "Release Authorization (May we contact this organization?)" question? Is it favorable to provide contact info and Release Authorization? Thank you...
  36. K

    Where to shadow in Dallas area?

    Hi all. I live in the Plano area and am having trouble finding physicians to shadow. Any physicians out there that would be open to having a shadow for a while? Or pre-med/med students that have shadowed a doctor in the Dallas area that can give me a recommendation? Thanks!
  37. P

    Do I really need shadowing hours? (Dental assistant)

    Hi y'all, Ive been a dental assistant for almost 4 years and I have my x-ray license. I hope to apply to dental school next cycle. I've noticed almost all schools require about 100 shadowing hours. Since I've been working for some time now, I think I have a pretty decent amount of...
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    Doctors to shadow in Miami

    Hey! I'm new to SDN. I want to start getting shadowing experience but I have no idea where to start. Any recommendations of doctors to shadow in Miami? Any help will be appreciated!
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