Zero shadowing, but otherwise strong application. Should I shadow?

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That's my position. I'm working as a scribe, so I have no lack of exposure to what doctors do, but it's in orthopedic surgery which I've heard some schools may look down on. I have decent stats (BCPM 3.87, cGPA 3.81, sharp upswing, MCAT 130/131/130/129), a ton of research experience, and 3 publications (first author on one). I'm 26 and a career changer, and I have a few experiences (journalism-related) that I expect very, very few other applicants this cycle can talk about. My application is very research oriented with a focus on global health, and I was open about this goal in every secondary application.

In light of all that (and the 9 interview invitations I've gotten so far), things look pretty good, but I've learned to not take anything for granted in this process. Should I find a physician to shadow and update the schools about it, just to be on the safe side?
 

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That's my position. I'm working as a scribe, so I have no lack of exposure to what doctors do, but it's in orthopedic surgery which I've heard some schools may look down on. I have decent stats (BCPM 3.87, cGPA 3.81, sharp upswing, MCAT 130/131/130/129), a ton of research experience, and 3 publications (first author on one). I'm 26 and a career changer, and I have a few experiences (journalism-related) that I expect very, very few other applicants this cycle can talk about. My application is very research oriented with a focus on global health, and I was open about this goal in every secondary application.

In light of all that (and the 9 interview invitations I've gotten so far), things look pretty good, but I've learned to not take anything for granted in this process. Should I find a physician to shadow and update the schools about it, just to be on the safe side?
Doesnt that answer your own freaking question? Only 20% of matriculating students receive 6 or more interview invites which imply less than 10%, more likley under 5% of applicants do......
 
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If you have 9 IIs, I'd say no. If you somehow get rejected from all of them, then do a day or two or shadowing before reapplying next cycle, but I doubt that will be necessary.
 
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You don't need to shadow if you've been a scribe. You're already shadowing.

Just my opinion, some may say you should get a little exposure to something non-surgical.

Edit: then I read the second half of your post. You're fine. Schools will be annoyed at an update that you've shadowed.
 
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Doesnt that answer your own freaking question? Only 20% of matriculating students receive 6 or more interview invites which imply less than 10%, more likley under 5% of applicants do......
Point taken. I actually didn't know that 20% statistic you cited. Where did you get it, if I may ask?
 

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Spends time talking about how lack of shadowing may hurt his application...

Then brings up how he already has 9 IIs before September...
 

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Spends time talking about how lack of shadowing may hurt his application...

Then brings up how he already has 9 IIs before September...
I think they call that a humble brag. My Dad used to call something else that my Mom once said was a cross between a donkey and the opening to a mine shaft
 
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I think they call that a humble brag. My Dad used to call something else that my Mom once said was a cross between a donkey and the opening to a mine shaft
I also could be abnormally neurotic and looking for ways things could go wrong ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Anyway, someone on /r/PreMed thought that I should get some shadowing, so I wanted to ask people who actually know this process.
 

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I also could be abnormally neurotic and looking for ways things could go wrong ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Anyway, someone on /r/PreMed thought that I should get some shadowing, so I wanted to ask people who actually know this process.
You have 9 IIs. You're good. No worries.
 
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Think of it this way: if you're enough of a wacko/dingus/whatever to blow 9 interviews, having next to no shadowing is probably not your most important problem...
 
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