Oct 1, 2020
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I've been working with a radiation doc the past couple months and always considered it shadowing, but I actually get a lot of hands on experience. For example, I will get to palpate tumors and lymph nodes, and perform oral exams. I would assist the doc as he was doing procedures and occasionally help patients as well (grabbing them tissues, helping them sign up for their vaccine, etc). So would this be considered "shadowing" or is it "clinical experience"?

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It's both, but you can't call it volunteering, you can't call it a paid position, so you have to classify it as shadowing. You can then describe it in your application/talk about it during interviews (as it sounds like a very nice experience).
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It is a clinical experince (see definition below) and I would classify it as "shadowing". It doesn't sound as if you are spending more than a few minutes out of each hour doing "volunteer service". Most of what you do palpating and so forth is for your benefit.
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