I know you started this thread, but what frequently happens around here is that someone asks a question specific to their situation and then elements of their question(s) become the subject of general advice given by people with more experience or perspective. Also, when there are so many people participating in a thread, it becomes difficult to comb through and discern the attributes of everyone posting. Your experience probably does not require that you shadow a physician in order to show that you understand the doctor/patient dynamic and other aspects of the job.Man... okay... forgive my stupidity here, but now I'm all confused. Does working full-time as a medical assistant for a year in a private practice under two specialty physicians not count as shadowing? Nor does working with various physicians full-time for a month in India? The suggestion for me to shadow physicians keeps getting brought up and I don't understand why. It seems like my experience as a medical assistant alone is a step above and beyond shadowing since I hold more responsibility and have greater patient contact.
So to clarify, I've both volunteered in a hospital (ER), volunteered under various physicians in India during which I was examining and working directly with patients- including an OB/GYN, free clinic, and ER- and currently work in a private practice, where I received a letter of rec from both the physicians I work for.
Er... so what am I missing here? I'm not challenging the suggestion of shadowing a physician, I just don't quite understand how my previous experiences don't fulfill that already.