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What exactly should happen when you shadow a doc? I recently went and shadowed in a health clinic. I thought they were going to be very strict about me seeing or doing things but they basically told me go around to each room and see what the doctors were doing. Now, is that normal? I mean, it was kinda weird. :confused:

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strict about what? HIPAA doesn't really affect you while you're shadowing - you just can't talk about names and stuff later.
 

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When you're shadowing, just watch what the doctors are doing. See how they talk to patients. See what types of things they are taking note of. Ask questions if you want to know more. Ask them about their day to day life in the clinic or their regular practice. See if you think you can see yourself doing some of the things the doc is doing. Shadowing is about being the doctor's 'shadow'. You follow them around, help out whenever possible, and stick with them as long as you can.
 

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Try to see as much as you can, do as much as permissible, and ask lots of questions. You get out of shadowing what you put into it. It can be such an amazing and life-altering experience...it can truly convey to you if this is the right career path for you. Despite people's dreams, it is not for everyone and some specialties aren't what people think it is. Make the most of your time, and not only will it reveal to you what being a doctor is all about, it might also tell you a lot about yourself. All the best....
 

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DrYo12 said:
When you're shadowing, just watch what the doctors are doing. See how they talk to patients. See what types of things they are taking note of. Ask questions if you want to know more. Ask them about their day to day life in the clinic or their regular practice. See if you think you can see yourself doing some of the things the doc is doing. Shadowing is about being the doctor's 'shadow'. You follow them around, help out whenever possible, and stick with them as long as you can.
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Definitely. Also, shadowing is about seeing medicine in the long term, for several weeks. Follow patients around, check their progress in their charts, discuss the information with the physician you are shadowing. If at all possible, get in on auscultations and physical exams (this is easiest to do if there are medical students on rotations). I'm not going to name names at all, but seeing patients on a daily basis and tracking their progress was the most rewarding part of my 2 month long shadowing experience. Try to get in on that. :thumbup:


Make the experience whatever you want it to be. Early on, I was uncomfortable with following the physician into exams and everything because I did not consider myself part of the physician team. Once I got over that, I slowly came into the role of the physician, specifically the resident or fellow. It took maybe a week for me to get used to it.

Have fun.