"Hello, I am a pre-med student interested in attending Podiatry school post graduation. I am taking all the necessary steps in order to be a good candidate for acceptance now; however, I have yet to shadow a physician. I have contacted 10 local offices, emailed the two mentors listed in my area on this site and still have not heard back from anyone. Should I try to attend the internship programs that a few of the Pod schools offer? Would it be un-appropriate to ask for a letter of recommendation while only being in the clinic with a physician for such a little amount of time (the internship is 4days?) How should I go about shadowing a Doctor, should I simply show up at their office and ask to shadow? Any help would be greatly appreciated." This is a question I posed in the "ask the expert" section of apma.org. I felt it would be easier just to post it here in stead of re-typing it. I am concerned because summer is almost over and I will be returning to school out of state, in West Virginia. I will be super busy with only being able to get away from campus on the weekend. Does anyone think I will have better responses from physicians in WV? I am getting concerned because I have no hours with DPM's and it seems a bit late seeing how I will be applying one year from today. How did you all go about getting to shadow and getting that much needed letter of rec?