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Shadowing a doctor

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by minigirly17, Mar 6, 2007.

  1. minigirly17

    minigirly17 2+ Year Member

    Feb 20, 2007
    What do you need to do to shadow a doctor?:confused:
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  3. tdd340

    tdd340 Assistant to the sensei 10+ Year Member

    Jun 25, 2005
    A willing shadowee is about it. Finding one is the difficult part, try calling doctors in your area, or better yet ones you know through personal contacts.
  4. IceMan0824

    IceMan0824 Holy crip, he's a crapple 5+ Year Member

    Dec 7, 2006
  5. Fiddlergirl

    Fiddlergirl 7+ Year Member

    Jan 20, 2007
    tdd340 is right. Both doctors I've talked into agreeing to let me shadow I knew personally. It was really scary for me to try and use my "contacts" but they were both incredibly nice about it.
  6. gary5

    gary5 Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Sep 24, 2003
    Choose an area that you're interested, then look up 5 physicians in your area. Write them each a letter describing your interest and ask to shadow. I did this and got one reply out of 5.
  7. TheAmazingGOB

    TheAmazingGOB It ain't easy bein' white 5+ Year Member

    Jan 8, 2007
    Call doctors you have personal contact with like a doctor you've seen as a patient, a family friend, etc. Some doctors are a little reluctant to let people shadow them because of HIPPA but there are still some nice doctors out there who can teach you a lot. I loved my shadowing experiences!

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