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Hey all,

I am pretty new to the pre-med world. I switched from pre-vet (major is Bio so really not a whole lot of major changes), and there it was extremely beneficial, if not necessary, to gain experience.

Is there a way to do that with an MD, like job shadowing or something? I feel like there would be a ton of red tape and it would violate dr/patient confidentiality or something... If there is something like that how do I go about it?

Thanks for advice in advanced!
 
Jan 5, 2010
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Hey all,

I am pretty new to the pre-med world. I switched from pre-vet (major is Bio so really not a whole lot of major changes), and there it was extremely beneficial, if not necessary, to gain experience.

Is there a way to do that with an MD, like job shadowing or something? I feel like there would be a ton of red tape and it would violate dr/patient confidentiality or something... If there is something like that how do I go about it?

Thanks for advice in advanced!
Okay... I would say...use the search button, however in this case, a simple google search should work. this is like pre-med 101.

However, the simple answer: Yes, you need to shadow, and clinical experience.
 
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I'm sorry for overposting, if a mod can come in a delete this, thatd be appreciated...

And thanks for the warm welcome
 

getright

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You're welcome.
 

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Hi HeyBullDog,

Welcome to SDN, Land of the Grumpy (occasionally), Home of the Free to say anything that comes into their minds (as long as it doesn't violate the sites Terms of Service).

You might start out by getting clinical experience with sick people, which can be acquired through the workplace, for class credit, data gathering for a clinical trial, or via volunteerism. It can be gained at a free, family-planning, or private clinic, hospice, hospital, VA, residential home, rehabilitation facility, nursing home, as a first responder, among others.

Clinical patient experience is not always gained in a clinical environment, eg EMT, battle field medic, home hospice care, physical therapy aide, special camp environments, first aid provider on a sport field. In such a case, you also should acquire some experience in a clinical milieu where doctors work, like those mentioned above.

The advantage of gaining clinical exposure through volunteerism, is that it also is looked on as community service, another unwritten requirement for your application.


Once you have contact with docs, you can ask them for shadowing oipportunities.

Shadowing is easy enough to do since it can be done in chunks of time over break, rather than regularly. Pick a few types of specialists, ideally, at least one in primary care, and get enough hours in to give yourself the best chance of consideration wherever you apply. I suggest aiming for 60-80 hours.

You can also ask your own physician, those of family members or parents' of friends. Some will ask their premed advisor if there is a list of local docs willing to be shadowed, or will even cold call local doctors' offices and ask for an opportunity.