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Hi everyone, just wondering what motivates doctors to allow pre-med students to shadow them? Is it because they genuinely like to teach and pass on knowledge to the new generation? Or is it because they want to build sort of a "teacher" reputation among their peers in order to look more important?
 

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I'm sure all doctors must have one single motivation, so you'll get a very relevant answer to all scenarios. Stay tuned!!

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Hopefully some of it is empathy for premeds. They were once premeds too who had to look for doctors to shadow...:(
 
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Hi everyone, just wondering what motivates doctors to allow pre-med students to shadow them? Is it because they genuinely like to teach and pass on knowledge to the new generation? Or is it because they want to build sort of a "teacher" reputation among their peers in order to look more important?

I don't think having premeds shadow you adds that much to one's reputation.
 

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Isn't it odd that someone might actually genuinely like to teach?? Oh wait, what about teachers...and professors?? My point is that I think lots of doctors DO enjoy teaching. Many might not have gotten PhDs or become professors so this might be their way of doing a little teaching on the side with students who are very motivated.

Also, others are generally kind and know what its like to be a pre-med. I dont think it counts at all with peers and reputation, as has been stated earlier.
 

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Hi everyone, just wondering what motivates doctors to allow pre-med students to shadow them? Is it because they genuinely like to teach and pass on knowledge to the new generation? Or is it because they want to build sort of a "teacher" reputation among their peers in order to look more important?

I think it is a mixture between the feeling of "paying it forward" and the fact that it's just common sense that someone that is interested in medicine should know what they are getting into before attending medical school.
 

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Thanks everyone for your input. I guess what prompted me to ask this question in the first place was this doctor's attitude. It seems that he doesn't enjoy me asking lots of questions. His answers are very brief and never really answer my questions head on. I have an ochem teacher who LOVES to teach. You can usually tell by their attitude and the time and effort spent in answering questions of an eager student. However this nonchalant way of teaching I'm not familiar with.
 

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They had to jump through the same hoops...they are giving back. Just as I hope many of you will be allowing premeds to shadow you.
 
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