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Names of doctors shadowed for AMCAS?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by frickonastick, May 16, 2007.

  1. frickonastick

    frickonastick 2+ Year Member

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    For the activities section of the AMCAS, should I include the names of doctors I've shadowed, or just descriptions and number of hours? I feel odd giving the names, especially since most of the people I've shadowed work at one of the schools I'm applying to.
     
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    146233 Phthirius pubis

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    I'll leave this for more "authoritative" members to respond to officially, but my gut instinct would be to include at least one name. Gives your work credibility and a way for medical schools to verify your claims (if they so chose). Especially if you make any big statements "...I held a heart in my hands," or "...watching him try not to cry as he told the patient's wife he had died cemented my decision to pursue medicine," etc.

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  4. tredici

    tredici Member 7+ Year Member

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    I'd at least include the name(s) if you got LOR(s) from one/some of them.
     
  5. kypdurron5

    kypdurron5 10+ Year Member

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    Let me add a follow-up question here: how do you guys handle mentioning a very short shadowing experience? (i.e. observing just one surgery under a particular physician). My inclination is to just do one big shadow/volunteer section so that it doesn't look like you're over-exaggerating the shorter experiences.
     
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    146233 Phthirius pubis

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    That sounds like a reasonable plan. If your Work/Activities section is sufficiently stocked, you could even live without mentioning "mentoring".

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