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How much did you shadow physicians?
I shadowed several physicians in various fields at a nearby hospital. Probably over 200 hours with maybe 20 different docs.

Rita Arons at Creighton University School of Medicine (MD), class of 2019.
Pre-med: University of Arizona, Developmental Biology degree. Answer posted 11/20/2014
Sophomore year, I shadowed an ER physician and a surgeon for about 20 hrs total. During one of my internships, my boss let me shadow a radiologist and a pathologist, each for one day for about 16 hrs total. In my hometown, I shadowed an OB/GYN for two weeks for about 40 hrs total.

Jennifer Hsu at University of North Texas Health Science Center - Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine at Ft Worth (UNTHSC-TCOM) (DO), class of 2018.
Pre-med: University of Texas at Austin, B.B.A. Management Info Systems degree. Answer posted 3/29/2014
I shadowed lots of physicians. You have to put yourself out there to see what suits you. I encourage everyone to shadow.

Taylor Y Stauffer at Emory University School of Medicine (MD), class of 2016.
Pre-med: Edgewood College, Biology degree. Answer posted 3/25/2014
I shadowed three. One was a GP for one month in local city. One was an ENT for two weeks at Cleveland Clinic. The best was a radiologist friend of my uncle for two months at Washington U in St. Louis med center.

Jacob Aurens at Stanford University School of Medicine (MD), class of 2016.
Pre-med: Princeton University, B.A. Philosophy degree. Answer posted 9/3/2013
Honestly, I did a lot of shadowing in high school to see what kind of medicine I really was interested in. I didn't do very much in undergraduate, because I was very busy. Just go with what you find interesting! Read up on specialties and connect with a doctor! They are always willing to take on students. I personally shadowed an orthopedic surgeon,

Johnny Walker at Northern Ontario School of Medicine (MD), class of 2015.
Pre-med: University of Akron, Biology degree. Answer posted 8/2/2013
By the time I applied I had ~55 hours of shadowing with 4 physicans, 1 PA and 1 DPM

Jessica Smith at Lincoln Memorial University - DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) (DO), class of 2013.
Pre-med: Ohio University, Pre-Proffesional Biology degree. Answer posted 1/16/2009
I did a whole lot of shadowing since I volunteerd in the ER at a hospital in DC. I think the ER is a perfect place for Pre-Meds to work, working in the ER allows you to see all sorts of specialists: Anywhere from Cardiothoracic Surgeons to OB/GYNs since they all get called down to the ER for consults. Working in the ER gave me a chance to follow different specialists around when they came down. I also spent a lot my days shadowing emergency physicians. I met a lot of resident from different departmants in the hospital. Shadowing helped to strongly fortify an already strong desire to pursuit a career in Medicine. Once I got in that hospital I simply didn't want to leave.

Iggy at State University of New York Upstate Medical University College of Medicine (MD), class of 2013.
Pre-med: University of Maryland- College Park, Biology and American Studies degree. Answer posted 1/4/2009
I shadowed a anesthesiologist for about, a month and a half.

James Tolbert at Harvard Medical School (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: Harvard University, B.S. Chemistry & Biology degree. Answer posted 10/23/2008
Not too much but Idid recieve some shadowing. ABout a couple of months everynow and again when I could outside of studying for the KAT.

Yusuf Ali at University of Maryland School of Medicine (MD), class of 2012.
Pre-med: Morgan State University, Biology degree. Answer posted 6/13/2008
I shadowed physicians a few weeks in the summer after I took the MCAT in a clinic for people without insurance, and again in the fall of my senior year in the local hospital.

Lynn at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) (DO), class of 2010.
Pre-med: Cedar Crest, Genetic Engineering degree. Answer posted 6/19/2006
Shadow pyhsicians very little I did not think they had more power over me. Just that their trained better than me.

STEPHEN BROSNAHAN at University of Utah School of Medicine (MD), class of 2013.
Pre-med: Communication, Pschycology degree. Answer posted 9/29/2007
i only shadowed one doctor for one day. last year i saw some bolivian surgeries. last summer i went to the morgue for "showings" once a week with all the interesting pathologists.

update: i've been working in a cath lab. plenty of cardiovascular fun every day, all day.


emily at University of Mississippi School of Medicine (MD), class of 2011.
Pre-med: University of Mississippi, B.S. Chemical Engineering degree. Answer posted 3/20/2006
Prior to med school, I was a clinical research assistant for 3 years. This was a full-time job, thus I "shadowed" physicians for 40 hrs/wk for 3 years. Can you say OVERKILL! If you have competitive MCAT scores (eg 30), grades (eg 3.7) and have shadowed a physician for about 10 hrs, then you're still in the game. On the other hand, if your MCAT scores and grades are so-so (by medical school standards), then shadow your butt off!

Maria Reyes at University of Utah School of Medicine (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: university of utah & westminster college (2nd BS), psychology & biology degree. Answer posted 5/10/2007
I shadowed an OBGYN, an ENT surgeon, and a Neurosurgeon. I spent about a day with each of them to see what was out there and what kind of medicine I wanted to eventually practice.

George Dunham at St George's University School of Medicine (Caribbean), class of 2010.
Pre-med: Wake Forest University, Biology degree. Answer posted 5/2/2007
I worked in an Emergency Department with physicians for more than three years before medical school, so I guess you could consider that shadowing.

Erik A. at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2010.
Pre-med: University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, B.S. Computer Science degree. Answer posted 8/17/2006
I shadowed a respected cardiothoracic surgeon at Jackson Memorial Hospital several times as well as an Interventional Radiologist at Doctors Hospital. On a trip to Peru during Winter break, I shadowed an internist, a gynecologist, witnessed several gynecological surgeries, and interacted with medical students during their rounds. I also visited a Psychiatric Hospital in Peru, shadowed a psychiatrist and interacted with several patients.

Brian Wolf at University of Miami Miller School of Medicine (MD), class of 2011.
Pre-med: University of Miami 07, B.A Psychology degree. Answer posted 7/8/2006
I shadowed 3 sleep doctors for about 40 hours. I also shadowed a podiatrist for a day, just to make sure it is what I wanted to do.

Zack Gangwer at Arizona Podiatric Medicine Program (AZPod) at Midwestern University (Podiatry), class of 2011.
Pre-med: Weber State University, Microbiology/Clinical Laboratory Science degree. Answer posted 12/29/2006
I shadowed 2 different podiatrist's in the area in two very different settings to get a total feel of what it was like to be a podiatrist.

Brian Dix at College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery (Podiatry), class of 2011.
Pre-med: South Dakota State University, BS Biology degree. Answer posted 12/20/2006
Besides working side by side with various physicians, I shadowed many as well. Such as an Anesthesiologist, Primary Care, and two different Podiatrists.

Luke Madsen at Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine (Podiatry), class of 2010.
Pre-med: Minnesota State University, B.S. Human Biology degree. Answer posted 6/28/2006
I did not technically "shadow" any physicians, but spent a gazillion hours in clinical settings, research labs, and as a patient myself!

Sarah Levin at Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University (AZCOM) (DO), class of 2011.
Pre-med: Wesleyan University, Neuroscience & Behavior degree. Answer posted 11/26/2006
A few times, like a few days following guys around, plus for my EMT class we had to work like 20 hours in an ER

Paul Nielsen at New York Medical College (MD), class of 2010.
Pre-med: Cornell, Human Biology, Health, and Society degree. Answer posted 10/11/2006
50 hours dental 30 hours podiatry

Doug Christensen at Des Moines University - College of Osteopathic Medicine (DMU-COM) (Podiatry), class of 2011.
Pre-med: Loras, BA Secondary Education degree. Answer posted 10/10/2006
Shadowed a podiatrist in Vestal, NY. Attended weeklong internship at OCPM where I scrubbed in on a number of cool surgeries.

Nisha S at Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine (), class of .
Pre-med: Answer posted 9/23/2006
I shadow physicians as much as possible.

tracy scott at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas Southwestern Medical School (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: University of Pennslyvana, Texas Tech University degree. Answer posted 8/27/2006
none

Ehren Dueweke at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2010.
Pre-med: Kalamazoo College, Chemistry degree. Answer posted 8/21/2006
Fortunately, I have a few friends that are finishing or recently finished their residencies and I was able to shadow them. If you get a chance to shadow a surgical intern on trauma call, do it! I also had a few connections with physicians that had treated my 9 year old daughter. She has a genetic disorder which required close medical supervision for many years. Her pediatrician was invaluable in helping me decide to return to school.

Bill Holmes at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: University of Arizona, Molecular & Cellular Bio/Anthropology degree. Answer posted 1/6/2006
During the summer before my senior year of high school, I was involved in the Health Careers Opportunity Program at SUNY Stony Brook. For a week we got to follow around various health professionals such as a respiratory therapist, physical therapist, and emergency room doctor. During the summer before my junior year of college, I volunteered in an emergency room at a hospital. This was quite minimal though as I found that emergency medicine wasn't for me. During this past winter, I followed around my mom in the nursery for a couple of hours and then an osteopathic pediatrician for a day.

Dana Marie Smith at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) (DO), class of 2010.
Pre-med: Ithaca College, B.A. Biology degree. Answer posted 6/24/2006
I didn't shadow one physician. I worked with scientists and physician-scientists in the lab.

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Andrew Doan at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (MD), class of 2001.
Pre-med: Reed College, B.A. in Biology degree. Answer posted 6/11/2006
I shadowed a neurologist/neuroradiologist/sleep medicine specialist for 6-8 hours a week for 6 months. Lots of great experience and connections.

Chris Hope at University of Mississippi School of Medicine (MD), class of 2010.
Pre-med: University of Southern Mississippi, Psychology degree. Answer posted 3/12/2006
I did not spend tons of hours on shadowing because I feel that it is the shadowing experience itself that is important and not the number of hours that matters. Total I spent about 40 hours shadowing several different physicians. First I was able to watch two different surgeries. One surgery was a nasal surgery for sleep apnea done by a maxillofacial surgeon. The other was a revision of a total knee replacement done by an orthopedic surgeon. Next, I shadowed two different emergency room physicians at the emergency room that I worked at. Finally, I shadowed two different family practice physicians in their clinics and on hospital rounds.

Scott Larson at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: Idaho State University, Microbiology degree. Answer posted 10/23/2005
No official shadowing. Working with them on my job has been shadowing enough so far.

Mindy Williams at Morehouse School of Medicine (MD), class of 2010.
Pre-med: University of South Alabama, BSN degree. Answer posted 5/31/2006
None...I've seen how they act while I was working at the hospital though.

Chris Cruz at University of Texas Medical School at Houston (MD), class of 2010.
Pre-med: Texas A&M University, Biomedical Science degree. Answer posted 5/20/2006
I shadowed a family practianer (DO) for 1 month or about 60 hours. I also shadowed a internal med physician (10 hours) and a podiatrist (20 hours).

Robert Greenhagen at College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery (Podiatry), class of 2008.
Pre-med: Briar Cliff University, B.S. in Biology degree. Answer posted 5/30/2006
I shadowed a pediatrician who owned his own practice.

Y.L.Rucker at Ohio State University College of Medicine (MD), class of 2011.
Pre-med: University of Rochester, Microbiology degree. Answer posted 5/12/2006
I volunteered at a peds clinic + breast cancer clinic, but I didn't actually 'shadow a physician'

Dina R at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science Chicago Medical School (MD), class of 2008.
Pre-med: University of Toronto, Hon BSc degree. Answer posted 3/19/2006
I had to scratch, pull hair, kick, and use dirty words to get every hour of shadow time I got. I just kept after it untill I ended up spending 9 hours in an OR in our community hospital. That was AWESOME!

Casey Lythgoe at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of .
Pre-med: B.Y.U.-Hawaii, Biochemistry degree. Answer posted 10/25/2005
I spent a total of about four days shadowing orthopaedic surgeons. Half of the time I was in the office and the other half I was in surgery. I also spent another day shadowing a family medicine resident.

Jeff Hanson at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: Utah State University, Biology degree. Answer posted 2/11/2006
During my senior year I shadowed a family med doc for about 30 hours. I was not able to arrange this until about half way through my interviews.

Jeffrey Anderson at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: Bethel University, Biblical and Theological Studies degree. Answer posted 2/11/2006
I shadowed a DO at an Urgent Care center near my house for a handful of times which totalled to about 50 hours. Although not very exciting this activity showed that I was interested in the field and gave me more to talk about during interviews.

Gregory Thom at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: University of CA, San Diego, BS; Management Science degree. Answer posted 2/8/2006
I clocked over 50 hours of shadowing the year before I started medical school. Every single hour was worth it. I felt that it gave me an advantage during the application process and school itself. It gave me a much broader sense of what being a doctor entailed. One of the most important things you can do in my opinion is to shadow as much as you can. Also, try to shadow physicians in different fields. This will keep your shadowing experience interesting and also give you a more global perspective on medicine. Physicians I shadowed: 2 Family Practice 1 Anesthesiologist 1 General Surgeon 1 Pediatric Oncologist

Matt Tallar at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: UW-Milwaukee, Microbiology/Biotechnology degree. Answer posted 2/7/2006
I shadowed an internal medicine MD several times throughout undergrad, and also spent some time shadowing in the emergency department.

Marc Biedermann at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: University of Wisconsin - Green Bay, BS Human Biology Health Sciences degree. Answer posted 2/6/2006
I shadowed a general surgeon covering both his office visits and in the OR approximately once a week over a summer.

John Gannon at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of .
Pre-med: UCLA/ University of Utah, biological chemistry degree. Answer posted 1/10/2006
I didn't do any formal shadowing. Through my varous EMS jobs, I had the opportunity to talk with physicians in different Emergency Departments.

Amy Raubenolt at Ohio State University College of Medicine (MD), class of 2010.
Pre-med: Bowling Green State University, Spanish degree. Answer posted 1/13/2006
I had the unique opportunity to be involved in two preceptorships at Marshfield Hospitals and Clinics during the winter breaks in my junior and senior year. In total I was with 19 specialists in 20 days. This was a very helpful factor in my realization that I love medicine.

Joe Behn at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: University of Wisconsin--Stevens Point, Biology degree. Answer posted 1/4/2006
I shadowed doctors on breaks during college and that was enough for me. I did it in my hometown. The one guy was a vascular surgeon and then I shadowed a couple of internists. It was a good experience overall.

Adam Mehring at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) (DO), class of 2008.
Pre-med: Grove City College, Molecular Biology degree. Answer posted 1/10/2006
The summers between my Junior and Senior year, I volunteered at my local emergency room two days a week. Among many things, I was able to shadow the doctors quite a bit. Near the end of my senior year, I shadowed a FP D.O. for nearly a month. It was a fantastic shadowing experience.

Jonathan Taylor at West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) (DO), class of 2011.
Pre-med: Tennessee Temple University, Biology degree. Answer posted 1/2/2006
Since my little brother is going through the whole hoop jumping premed thing right now, I have a lot to say about getting in to medical school (if you have not already noticed). I believe that shadowing is extremely important. How else can you know what a doctor does all day. I feel that several full days of shadowing is far more beneficial for the applicant than is months and months of volunteering at a hospital being a nurses slave/ phone answerer/ greeter/ or hospital information provider. I've been there. Volunteering gives you little contact with the MD's and the contact you do have is but a slice in time. Shadow docs in different fields for full days. You'll have a blast, it takes less of your time, and you'll have plenty of sweet experiences to talk about on the interviewing trail.

J Chang at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2007.
Pre-med: BYU, Neuroscience degree. Answer posted 7/28/2005
I shadowed three physicians before I entered medical school in a number of settings (clinic and hospital.) VERY IMPORTANT to do as medical school is very difficult and you have to have a lot of motivation.

Aaron Beck at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: Concordia University Wisconsin, General Biology degree. Answer posted 1/3/2006
I shadowed minimally during one of my summer internships but did not do it on a regular basis.

Kim Bentley at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: Duke, Biomedical Engineering degree. Answer posted 10/31/2005
I treated shadowing as a mere formality in my application, and wasn't sure I agreed with the idea that it was valuable for everyone to do. I simply shadowed two different family doctors for 5 hours each. I believe that this helped my application at least a little bit, because I was able to talk in my interviews about what I learned through the experience.

Jesse Stringer at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Biology degree. Answer posted 8/31/2005
I first shadowed a doctor by turning in an application for a 3 day undergraduate intership to shadow a family practitioner through University of Washington's WWAMI program. I was fired up afterwards and even more excited to get the applications. I should have shadowed more before taking my MCAT, maybe it would have motivated me to study more. Think about that all of you premeds that haven't taken the MCAT yet. Then, a year later I applied through the same WWAMI program to do a 2 week family practice intership of 8-10 hours a day at the Pocatello Family Medicine residency program. I loved it, plus I received $500 for being accepted for the internship! The only regret that I have about shadowing is that I should have done more hours and shadowed outside of family practice also.

Eric N. Swensen at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB-COM) (DO), class of .
Pre-med: Idaho State University, Bachelors of Arts in Spanish degree. Answer posted 8/1/2005
In total, I spent 3 weeks, or about 135 hours, shadowing in 3 different offices. I spent one week with an ENT (ear-nose-throat), one week with an orthopedic surgeon, and one week in an urgent care facility, following different physicians. I shadowed from Monday through Friday, 8 am until 5 pm (or a little later) and went on call with the ENT for a couple of nights. I followed both the ENT and orthopedic surgeon into surgery, on rounds and in the office. Great experiences they made me choose medicine for sure. I would recommend lots of shadowing.

Christian Becker at Medical College of Wisconsin (MD), class of 2009.
Pre-med: Idaho State University, Zoology degree. Answer posted 7/26/2005




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