quigleyadam9

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I have no desire to be an opthamologist, but there is one at the local hospital that always agrees to let students shadow him...does the fact it's not in a specialty I wish to pursue from an admissions standpoint?
 

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you're supposed to keep an open mind about specialties. and the idea of shadowing is to introduce you to clinical medicine, not pick a career path.
 
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funkydrmonkey

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I have no desire to be an opthamologist, but there is one at the local hospital that always agrees to let students shadow him...does the fact it's not in a specialty I wish to pursue from an admissions standpoint?
I shadowed a family practice doc, and I always talk about how I want to do Gastroenterology... It does not matter which speciality you wanna go into... I always talk about the experience itself, how the doctor-patient interaction was, and how that has affected my views on medicine.
 

bodonid

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you have a long road ahead of you- unless you know 100% what you want to do, experience in any field is good.

from an admissions standpoint, anything clinical is good, the more variety the better, i guess. i guess some state schools would rather see you shadow a FP or IM doc, but honestly it doesn't matter at all.
 
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How would the adcoms ever know that you weren't interested in opthamology?

Would you put "shadowed an opthamologist even though I think his job sux ass" in your work/activities?
 

Kaustikos

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you're supposed to keep an open mind about specialties. and the idea of shadowing is to introduce you to clinical medicine, not pick a career path.
Seriously. Just shadow the doctor and find another doctor with a specialty you're interested in shadowing. Two shadowing opportunities ftw!

also, Lukkie - lol
 
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