One of the best ways to demonstrate your commitment to medicine in a tangible way on your application to medical school is by shadowing a doctor as a part of your clinical experience.
When reviewing your application, the admissions committee will want to see that you’ve done your research and are sure that a career in medicine—which is not for the faint of heart—is really for you. They’ll want to make sure that you know what you’re signing up for and that you’ve logged enough clinical hours to confidently make the decision to become a doctor.
How do you find opportunities to shadow a doctor?
Job shadowing can be somewhat difficult for pre-med students. A lucky few will have parents who are physicians. For these students, establishing the right connections to gain clinical experience and asking to shadow is as easy as having mom or dad call a colleague—or by just tagging along with them to work one day.
But what about the rest of us who might not have grown up in a medical household, or may not have close friends with doctors or nurses as parents? How can you go about asking a doctor for this crucial pre-med job experience? Where do you start?
Go forth with these tips for shadowing a doctor and gain the clinical experience you need to fulfill that aspect of your medical school application.