• Funniest Story on the Job Contest Starts Now!

    Contest starts now and ends September 27th. Winner will receive a special user banner and $10 Amazon Gift card!

    JOIN NOW
  • Site Updates Coming Next Week

    Site updates are coming next week on Monday and Friday. Click the button below to learn more!

    LEARN MORE

As a Canadian applicant, how many schools should I apply to with zero shadowing

Open_Main

Full Member
May 9, 2020
22
1
1
  1. Pre-Medical
Hello,
I am a Canadian applicant and I didn't realize how much emphasis the US placed on shadowing which is why I never did it previously and everything has been shut down for the past months due to COVID which is making it impossible to shadow (even though its already hard to do so in Canada anyways).
I was planning to apply to like 4-5 schools because I have 3.8cGPA, 516 mcat, 3.7 science gpa, 300 hours of work in a clinical research lab and lots of other EC's. Do you think I should apply to less than 4-5 schools or to more schools? Would there be any schools that wouldn't mind the lack of shadowing or am I kinda screwed
 
About the Ads
Sep 4, 2006
34,965
14,763
326
The Other Side of the Portal
  1. Attending Physician
I am a Canadian applicant and I didn't realize how much emphasis the US placed on shadowing which is why I never did it previously and everything has been shut down for the past months due to COVID which is making it impossible to shadow (even though its already hard to do so in Canada anyways).

Would there be any schools that wouldn't mind the lack of shadowing or am I kinda screwed
There are schools that don't require shadowing. Whether they are among the schools on your Canadian-friendly list is something you can only discover with a phone call, if it's not explicitly stated on the school's website. Regardless of a schools' policy, individual adcomms may still feel your application is lacking if you haven't participated in this activity.

Whether a school requires it or not, shadowing is something you need to do for yourself before you apply.
 
  • Like
Reactions: 1 user

marcosma

Full Member
5+ Year Member
Mar 22, 2016
253
965
166
  1. Medical Student
I went in for a doctor’s appointment (granted this is in the rural US) and they offered me to come in next week and shadow when they found out I’m going to med school this Fall. It might be hard, but maybe you can find physicians that would be willing for you to come in for a morning or two.

But, as an above poster said, what clinical experience do you have? I only had a few small shadowing things but had working experience as a scribe in an ED. Shadowing is not necessarily the strongest clinical piece of your app and can be “made up for” through lots of other avenues :)
 
  • Like
Reactions: 1 users

Open_Main

Full Member
May 9, 2020
22
1
1
  1. Pre-Medical
I went in for a doctor’s appointment (granted this is in the rural US) and they offered me to come in next week and shadow when they found out I’m going to med school this Fall. It might be hard, but maybe you can find physicians that would be willing for you to come in for a morning or two.

But, as an above poster said, what clinical experience do you have? I only had a few small shadowing things but had working experience as a scribe in an ED. Shadowing is not necessarily the strongest clinical piece of your app and can be “made up for” through lots of other avenues :)
I don't have that much clinical exposure aside from 300 hours in a clinical research lab where I took patient histories, interacted with them etc
 

marcosma

Full Member
5+ Year Member
Mar 22, 2016
253
965
166
  1. Medical Student
I don't have that much clinical exposure aside from 300 hours in a clinical research lab where I took patient histories, interacted with them etc

I know we just messaged about this, but I think that’s decently solid. Emphasize that in your application, make it a most meaningful, and reflect DEEPLY on that experience. once you submit your primary, reflection deeply on what that experience meant to you. Find anecdotea and make a list of everything that you learned for that experience. Write, write, write!
 
About the Ads
This thread is more than 1 year old.

Your message may be considered spam for the following reasons:

  1. Your new thread title is very short, and likely is unhelpful.
  2. Your reply is very short and likely does not add anything to the thread.
  3. Your reply is very long and likely does not add anything to the thread.
  4. It is very likely that it does not need any further discussion and thus bumping it serves no purpose.
  5. Your message is mostly quotes or spoilers.
  6. Your reply has occurred very quickly after a previous reply and likely does not add anything to the thread.
  7. This thread is locked.