Pre-Med: What to Know About Shadowing
Some of the most valuable pre-med experience you can gain before applying to medical school is clinical experience, meaning time spent directly interacting with physicians, support staff, and patients. While clinical experience will play some role on your application, you shouldn’t approach it as an application filler, or as something you need to do in order to check a box and list an activity in your AMCAS activities list. Clinical experience will go a long way to cementing your desire to pursue medicine. It’s also the best way to see what the day-to-day life is like for physicians in their chosen healthcare setting. This can be eye-opening for pre-meds and give you a much more realistic understanding of what your life will be like after medical school. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about pre-med physician shadowing to help you make the most of your pre-med clinical experiences.