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Do I need to shadow?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - DO' started by LabDoc33, Sep 26, 2014.

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  1. LabDoc33


    Mar 21, 2014
    Hey guys,

    So I couldn't find the answer to my question searching, so I figured I would ask all you lovely people.

    Do I need to shadow a physician even though I scribe for them in the ED?

    I work with 2 DO's who I know will write me solid LOR's as well as some MD's. I'm not applying this cycle, so don't worry about that.
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  3. AlteredScale

    AlteredScale SDN Moderator 2+ Year Member

    May 10, 2013
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    Scribing should be enough to give you an understanding of what a physician does.

    If you decide to pursue more shadowing: I think you should shadow a primary care doc and if possible someone who does procedures (gastroenterology or interventional cardio) and/or a physician in surgery.

    It'll just give you a wider perspective of the different lifestyles each doc has in ambulatory vs. non-ambulatory care.
    Last edited: Sep 26, 2014
  4. iWillOneDay

    iWillOneDay Banned Banned

    Aug 15, 2013
    Then no. As long as you know what DO is all about.
    Scribing is technically better than shadowing anyways.

    But, I did both...
  5. hawruh


    Jun 21, 2014
    The purpose of shadowing is to gain an understanding of the day-to-day activities/schedule of a physician. Since you have scribed, I think you have seen the docs in action enough to have this understanding. Therefore, I would say shadowing is not necessary for you.
    AlteredScale likes this.
  6. IslandStyle808

    IslandStyle808 Akuma residency or bust! 2+ Year Member

    Aug 5, 2012
    Plus scribing gives an evaluation tool that physicians can use to describe your work ethic in the letter. This puts your letter one step above the normal shadowing letter.
  7. LabDoc33


    Mar 21, 2014
    I figured this was the answer, but i just wanted some confirmation.

    Thanks all.

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