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Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by DrewFromVA, Jun 19, 2002.

  1. DrewFromVA

    DrewFromVA Member
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    Dec 28, 2000
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    How can one arrange to shadow a physician? Should I volunteer at his/her office for a while first, so that they can get to know me a little, before I ask? I just feel strange calling someone out of the blue and asking them if I can shadow them, when they don't know me at all.
  2. WISC-ite

    WISC-ite Senior Member
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    Okay, so asking to shadow can be a little scary but it is best to just do it. In my experience you need some kind of connection. Either the physician is a family doctor, a family friend, works for a charity you work with, someone who you have interacted with, etc.

    Then call. When you get their office manager/secretary say who you are and what you want, then leave your number. If they respond cool. If not, then call someone else.

    The best thing about most physicians is that they want to teach and educate. Most physicians shadowed someone at one point in time and most feel they should repay the favor.
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