Last summer, I spent 2 months (approximately 200 hours) as a "clinical intern" for a physician in my hometown. I not only shadowed (at least 4 hours per day), but did office work as well (medical records, etc.). I took a year off of any medical work because I was sick for an extended period of time and certainly did not need to be around patients with compromised immune systems. Now I'm struggling with the idea of volunteering at a hospital in the ER or finding another physician. Is that amount of shadowing sufficient for the time being (I'm only a sophomore), or should I look for more shadowing opportunities. I want to volunteer because I want to feel like I'm actually helping out rather than being more of a nuisance following a doctor around all day. (The physician I shadowed was wonderful, but I know not all of them are very patient.) I just need some advice for what I need to do, or what is the best option? Thanks so much for your help!