I shadowed a psychiatrist from January - April of last year. I initially let him know that I wanted to be able to shadow him when I could for 3-6 months (a couple hours a week). I didn't shadow him at all during late April and May as things got busier for me and I was involved in a summer undergraduate research program so I wasn't able to shadow at all after that. I did let him know that I was very busy during those months though. In hindsight, I wish I had handled things more professionally, but I never officially let him know I was done shadowing him. I'm starting to put my application together and I want to put his number down in my activities section for shadowing, but I'm worried that I've burnt the bridge between us. How can I go about re-establishing communication with him in the most appropriate way?
People get busy. People understand. Just reach out and be professional.
"Hi Dr. so and so, I hope all is well. I'm getting ready to apply for medical school now and it had me thinking about the time I shadowed you. I just wanted to tell you that I appreciate you having me and when this all clears up, maybe I can come observe again!"
Something as simple as that will do.