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Bad idea to shadow research mentor?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by InNotOf, Aug 12, 2006.

  1. InNotOf

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    My PI is also a clinician in my current field of interest. I've shadowed him a couple times and would be interested in setting up a long-term shadowing experience with him. However, from the point of view of LORs and apps in general (MSTP), would it raise red flags if my research and shadowing letters are from the same person? (e.g., make me look antisocial or not into networking?) Is it advisable that I choose someone else to shadow? I'm interested in a fairly narrow, specific specialty (same specialty I do bench research in), so would even shadowing anyone in this field look weird, or at least limited?
     
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  3. burntfries

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    i'm not sure if it would paint you as antisocial, as much as redundant. it would definitely strenghten a letter from that person, but if you intend to get two letters from him/her it might be weird.
     
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    There's absolutely no way you can get two letters from him... but you can get one damn good letter.

    It certainly can't hurt you to shadow him, but if you're looking for another LOR, then you'd best look elsewhere.
     
  5. InNotOf

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    I would submit just one letter from him (you're right, two would be a little weird), but I was just wondering if it would be better to go ahead and shadow someone else (or even someone in a different medical specialty).
     
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    i don't see why you shouldn't shadow your PI, esp if it's in your field of interest. it will only help you. however, shadowing someone else in a different medical specialty might broaden your horizons (or show adcoms that your options are open, or give you more to talk about as to why you have such a specific interest). so in other words, why not do both?
     
  7. InNotOf

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    Yeah, I'll probably just do both. I'm primarily interested in bone marrow transplantation, but I may also look into shadowing a nephrologist or neurologist. (or, of course, heme/onc)
     
  8. DoctorPardi

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    If you were going to shadow your PI say once a week, just shadow him once every two weeks and mix some other specialties in on that other week. You might be surprised at how interesting fields are, and it might give you a new perspective.
     
  9. Erina

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    just remember, too, that you dont NEED a letter from someone you shadowed. i dont have one and a lot of other people dont either. but some schools do require a research letter if you have done research.
     
  10. Captain Fantastic

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    Sounds like we're in a similar boat. I've been working on a clinical study for a long time now. The PI is a clinician and I've shadowed him quite a bit (in fact he's on inpatient wards all next week and I'll be the 3rd wheel during rounds. Woo Hoo! I dig inpatient stuff.). Oh, and he's also my mentor on my undergraduate honors project. Talk about putting all my eggs in one basket.

    Don't stress. Think quality versus quantity. The adcoms won't gasp and think how tacky it was that you found a true mentor and learned as much as you could from that person.
     

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