Are paramedics/EMTs not involved in clinical work since there is no MD/DO around?
I would argue those are not comparable to scribing at an optometry clinic. Paramedics/EMTs assist in the initial procedures that are later completed by physicians and other healthcare workers. Paramedics and EMTs also deal with a patient population that is in the throes of needing treatment. From my experiences visiting an optometry clinic versus shadowing an ophthalmologist, the people who visit optometry clinics are generally healthy; there is a reason they are being seen by an OD, not an MD/DO (which is not to negate the importance of ODs at all! Just a delineation between the two needs of the populations).
Agree.I believe, anyone can correct me if I am wrong, that working as an ophthalmic tech or MA is clinical exposure. The problem is that the place you are referring to is an optometrist clinic which is not a physician as you stated. Try to find a private practice ophthalmology clinic where you can work as a tech or scribe and explain you are pre-med and that you want to observe the physician with surgeries. You could also get a killer letter from that experience. That is what I am planning on doing! Good luck.