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Shadowing Etiquette

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by 1289, May 2, 2012.

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  1. 1289


    Feb 3, 2012
    Sorry if this seems like a dumb topic, but I am shadowing a radiation oncologist in a few weeks and am wondering if anyone can comment on basic etiquette/unwritten rules for shadowing doctors? I've done some shadowing in the past, bu t it was very informal with Drs I had already known before, this time it is a random Dr who responded to my email inquiry, and I would really like to make a good impression. thanks
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  3. NickNaylor

    NickNaylor Thank You for Smoking Lifetime Donor 7+ Year Member

    Avoid being an irritating dork - it's really that simple. Pay attention, be interested, ask questions (but not about every itty bitty thing and not in front of patients), and take it in. When in front of patients, your goal should be to be unnoticeable unless the physician says otherwise or gives you the opportunity to do something with the patient.

    Also, dress nicely: khakis and a button-up at least, but a tie would be good as well.
  4. tantacles

    tantacles Lifetime Donor SDN Moderator 7+ Year Member

    Sep 28, 2009
    And don't be late.
  5. Morsetlis

    Morsetlis I wish I were a dentist 7+ Year Member

    Jan 22, 2010
    The "Garden" State
    And don't counsel patients on IFN therapy for their latent hepatitis while in the waiting room...

  6. pfaction

    pfaction 7+ Year Member

    Mar 14, 2010
    I would love to hear the counseling points you mentioned.
  7. nysegop

    nysegop Banned

    Apr 15, 2012
    Somewhere Cold...
    Shake hands and introduce yourself even if they know who you are. Hand shakes and introductions show maturity and professional respect. Be on time, seriously, on the dot. Not early or late. Wear nice clothing, not a suit though. No sneakers or jeans. I recommend khakis, a button down shirt, a tie, and semi-dress shoes. Don't be a chattaholic but don't be too quiet either. Talking to much will get annoying but not talking enough will make you seem uninterested. If you ever get a break ask about family and lifestyle, but don't ask personal questions in front of patients or while working.
  8. 1289


    Feb 3, 2012
    what should girls wear for a top?
  9. nysegop

    nysegop Banned

    Apr 15, 2012
    Somewhere Cold...
    A button down shirt for females, I think it's called a blouse :confused:
    Basically, nothing too revealing.
  10. Shalashaska

    Shalashaska 5+ Year Member

    Mar 20, 2012
    Pop those puppies out! The doctor might thank you for the extra star on healthgrades.com. The same advice goes for the gentlemen. Don't be afraid to undo a couple of buttons here and thurr.
  11. typicalindian

    typicalindian 5+ Year Member

    Dec 25, 2010

    Something like that should be appropriate
  12. 1289


    Feb 3, 2012
  13. nysegop

    nysegop Banned

    Apr 15, 2012
    Somewhere Cold...
    Haha. I'd like to be shadowed by someone wearing that ;)
  14. PlatypusMD

    PlatypusMD Psy?

    May 30, 2011
    Minneapolis, MN
    Shadowing is exactly like the word sounds--be a shadow. Make sure to not be disruptive. As for manners in front of patients, the approach you take kind of depends. When I was shadowing a peds onc physician, I played with the kid a bit while he talked to the parents about meds. The doc really liked that. Again, depends on the situation though.
  15. ElCapone

    ElCapone Don't Lawyer Me 5+ Year Member

    Apr 24, 2011
    When the Dr leaves the room, leave with them. Don't be there by yourself with the patient. Awkwardness can ensue.
  16. TheMightySmiter

    TheMightySmiter 7+ Year Member

    Oct 18, 2009
    I think I should research my theory that the more a male talks about women's bodies, the less likely he is to come near one. SDN seems to be confirming this so far.
  17. jesse120

    jesse120 Zanarkand Ruins 5+ Year Member

    As a general rule of thumb, maybe. But I've stayed behind quite a few times to talk with patients and have learned a lot from them. They would share stories about how their physicians were 30 years ago for example -- regular house calls and all that fun stuff. I actually learned more from talking with the patients than I did from the physicians I shadowed.
  18. 235788

    235788 God Complex 2+ Year Member

    Dec 5, 2008
    The Slab
    theres a cool thing called the search function. Your situation and question are FAR from unique.

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