5+ Year Member
Jul 16, 2014
Hello All!
I have a quick question. Is it okay to shadow only 1 doctor for a long time? Should I shadow doctors in different specialties? Is it okay for me to shadow 2 doctors in the same specialty but different sub-specialties(eg: they are both pediatricians but one is a cardiac surgeon and the other is an emergency medicine specialist)?


Paranoid Member
Dec 2, 2012
Doesn't make any sense to me. He probably doesn't like you :p JK. I volunteered at a nursing home and the physician let me shadow him doing rounds.
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Dec 12, 2014
Washington, DC
I'm new to shadowing so I'm not sure how much weight my response carries. ;-) So far, I've shadowed two ER docs--one at a level 1 trauma hospital for 4 hours and the other at a VA hospital for 2.5 hours. I only stayed 2.5 hours with the latter because I was there on New Year's Day so there wasn't much action. After a total of 6.5 hours in two ER's, I'm trying to get more exposure to private practice. Tomorrow I'm shadowing a cardiologist and on Thursday I'm shadowing a rheumatologist. I personally think it's good to shadow a variety of specialties to get an idea of what different fields of medicine are like. Many people think of medicine mainly revolving around the ER and surgery, mainly because of what is portrayed on TV.

iClearDiamond: I've had the same problem where staff won't let me shadow because I'm not a resident or med student :( I really want to shadow a pediatrician, as that's my area of interest, but I have yet to find a pediatrician to let me shadow him/her.