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Shadowing a doctor

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by Engg to Doc, Jul 23, 2002.

  1. Engg to Doc

    Engg to Doc Member

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    The doctor I plan to shadow is renovating his office and then going off on vacation till August. So I can start shadowing him only in Sep. I am a non trad student, with no clinical experience and plan to apply next year (June 2003). Do you think I should find another doctor to shadow till September so that Iwould have atleast a year of clinical experience by the time I apply, or do a couple of months not matter?

    Thanks in advance.
     
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  3. Melisa

    Melisa Junior Member

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    It all depends on how well you know this doctor. Sometimes, it is very difficult to look for a doctor who willing to let you shadow him/her. It took me several months last year to find a physician. His schedule was busy and I could only observe him for a week. Later on during my internship at the hospital, my research mentor allows me to shadow him in the Infant Intensive Care Unit. I know him well, and it was a great experience for me.
     
  4. Engg to Doc

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    Melisa,
    I have a very good relationship with my physician - I plan to shadow him for about a year and he has been very accomodative so far (He has even offered to get me an office set up!). My question is that if I start in September, by the time I apply I'll have 9-10 months of clinical experience. I was wondering if I need to start right away to have a better looking app.
     
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    Spiderman [RNA Ladder 2003] Platinum Member

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    I do not really see the reason why people would shadow for so long. A week or a month will do the point..
     
  6. Engg to Doc

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    Well, I am hoping that by shadowing for a longer time, I'll have more clinical experience....
     

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