This is very true.Enough where you can talk about how you have observed a physician's lifestyle and decided you would like to make that your career choice. There is no magic number, 50 hours is a solid number but you could certainly get away with less, and you certainly DON'T need the hundreds of hours that many people report having on these forums.
Lol are you serious? I'm very surprised to hear this....I had under 50 and did just fine this cycle (so far 8 interviews, 3 acceptances). That being said, one of my interviewers did give me a very hard time about "only" having 40ish, and only having a LOR from one of the three physicians I shadowed. He said I'd need to get another 40 (all documented by letters) to be able to get an acceptance. Result: waitlisted. FWIW.
That is absolutely ridiculous. He gave you a hard time because you only had one LOR from a physician you shadowed? LOR from physicians you've spent a few hours shadowing are probably the most useless LORs. I had one and was worried that I shouldn't have even included it because its not like the doctor really knew anything about me. I can see it now, "cs24 is really good at standing quietly in the corner while I talk to patients and review charts. He also didn't even pass out during the colonoscopies he observed. When I talked to him he didn't come off as a complete dick. You should definitely admit him."Sadly it's a true story. Sucks because it was my favorite school (on paper) of the ones I had gotten interview invites into, and has a reputation for being really friendly, low key interviews. I just got a bad draw that day, I guess.
Positive side is that even if I don't get in off the waitlist I have an acceptance at another school I ended up liking just as much after visiting there.