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Shadowing/Clinical experience

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by NCF145, Nov 14, 2005.

  1. NCF145

    NCF145 Not Politically Correct
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    I don't know if this or something similar has happened to anyone else, if not, then the following will sound pretty ludicrous.

    When I was shadowing a neurosurgeon he let me make the incision in the scalp and drill the holes in the skull (and it was a live human patient and not a cadaver). I was wondering if I should put this down on my application or mention it in any interviews. I am worried that if I mention it I will come off kind of cocky, not to mention illegal on the doctor's part. I don't know what to do because this is about as much "clinical experience" as you can get; but on the other hand, I don't want the adcoms to think that I think I am as good as a doctor b/c of the surgery and therefore they should let me in. I am just wondering what you would do.

    Thanks for the advice.

    NCF

    PS even if you think the above is a complete and total lie, just humor me and answer it like it really did happen.
     
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  2. drmota

    drmota 2K Member
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    i wouldn't bring it up. thats a serious liability that the neurosurgeon took on letting you do that but i dont think the adcomms will necessarily be impressed by it.
    -mota
     
  3. Pontifex Maximus

    Pontifex Maximus Rads-a-palooza
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    Definitely don't bring it up. They might react the wrong way.
     
  4. Uncle_Tbag

    Uncle_Tbag Of the DrGeddyLee Tbags
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    IMO, it's more clinical exposure than clinical experience, but still really cool!

    When I think of someone that has real experience, I think of someone who's worked in a medical profession for a while. Not to diminish you're experience, as I said it sounds like an amazing experience.
     
  5. potato51

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    Don't mention details - just say you were actively assisting a brain surgery, and when asked about it, downplay your role a little while emphasizing your clinical exposure.
     

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