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When is the best time to shadow a medical doctor?

I have completed one year out of four in getting a bachelors in Biology with a pre-med track. i recently heard of shadowing a doctor, i want to be well prepared and having a high chance in getting into medical school. i know two medical doctors that have offered me an opportunity to shadow them.my question is, is it okay for me to shadow them right now since i have a couple of years left to even apply to medical school? how can i proof to a medical school that i shadowed that doctor? i plan on shadowing other doctors after them, throughout my undergraduate education.

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Now is fine to start. Its good experience and make sure to get signed documentation because it might look good on a med-school application. I know universities look for things like that and if one or more of the doctors are impressed with how you present yourself you may a least be able to use them as references later on. Its an opportunity to start making advantageous cinnections in your chosen field. Be impressive. Research the area or specialty for each doctor you shadow so you can ask knowlegable questions. Above all dont react negatively to any patients. I work with disabled children and there is a student therapist in our facility right now who just stuns us with her attitude. She GRIMACES when asked to help treat severely involved children, once in the presence of the family. Its just stunning. Worst. Student. Ever. Dont be like that.

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The idea of shadowing a doctor is for your benefit, not as a tickie-mark for getting into medical school. By following a doctor around, you can get a feel for what they do, what their normal day is like, the kind of cases they see, etc. You'll then have a feel if you would like to pursue that for a profession. As such, you can do that any time you'd like.

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