Shadowing protocol you should be aware of

December 11, 2014

Article by Global Pre-Meds
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Students learning from their mentor in the obstetrics department If you’ve managed to get the opportunity to shadow a physician in a hospital or a private clinic, congratulations! You are one of the lucky few so consider it a privilege.

For several reasons, not many hospitals are favourable to the idea of letting pre-med students spend a few days or a week following their medical staff around on the hospital premises. One of the main reasons for this reluctance is the many legal repercussions that could potentially ensue should anything go wrong. Other reasons include patient privacy and possible inconvenience for the hospital staff.

To make the most of your shadowing experience and also to make sure you do not inconvenience the hospital or the medical staff who you will be shadowing, there are certain established guidelines you should be aware of.

Use these points as a checklist before you start on your shadowing experience:

Most important of all, learn and absorb as much as you can from the professionals around you. Observe. Make notes. Ask questions. This is your opportunity to explore whether you are cut out for a career in medicine so make the most of it.