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Is it okay to do my shadowing 2 years before my MD applications?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by Ryan17, Jan 13, 2014.

  1. Ryan17


    Dec 26, 2013
    Hi All,

    I'm a postbac premed who won't be applying until June 2016 for med school; that said, would it be okay if I devoted this semester (spring 2014) to a few classes and shadowing a few different types of doctors? Would I need to have more recent shadowing experience come 2016, or would the then-2-years-old experiences be sufficient, if they were sufficient enough for me?

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  3. QuinnTheEskimo


    Jan 9, 2014
    I think it's fine.
    Last edited: Jan 14, 2014
  4. Pacna

    Pacna Dyslexics, untie! 2+ Year Member

    Jun 2, 2013
    100% okay. I would make sure you gain exposure to whichever specialties you think you might be interested in, but shadowing is about making sure you (sort of) know what you're getting into. It doesn't need to be recent.
  5. AquiVoy13


    May 10, 2013
    I think you should be fine. I would aim for about 50-60 hours. To be safe, you could always just add in a few more hours of shadowing closer to your application. You could stay in touch with a few of the docs you shadow now and perhaps hang with them again in 2016. I think the most recent shadowing I had was about a year before my app cycle (this past summer), so you should be ok either way. Good luck!
  6. Planes2Doc

    Planes2Doc Residency is ruff! Physician 5+ Year Member

    Jul 23, 2012
    The South
    You're fine. Shadowing is a checklist item and ADCOMs don't care if you treat it as such. With volunteeering, on the other hand, you always want it to be a current activity when applying so it looks more legitimate and not like a checklist item.
  7. J Senpai

    J Senpai Grab my arm. Other arm. MY other arm. 5+ Year Member

    Jun 26, 2011
    You're fine. Enjoy your shadowing.

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