10 months ago
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Shadowing on application?

So I spent some time shadowing doctors this year and was wondering how or if I could include it on my application. I want to show interest in medicine but would this count as an extracurricular even though it's a largely passive activity? Should I include it on my activities list or no? If I do, would I need to mention who I shadowed?


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10 months ago

So absolutely include it as an extracurricular as you spent meaningful amounts of time (I presume). As you are likely applying to a medical related major such as biology any sort of medical related expierence boosts your application.

I would mention what setting you shadowed in whether it’s a hospital neighborhood clinic or a doctors office. Also if for example you shadowed a pediatrician and want to be a pediatrician mention what type of doctor you followed.

Also if you somehow shadowed someone of importance like the head of the ER department at a major hospital then you should name drop the specific person otherwise you don’t need to name drop.

Also despite being “passive” I’d definitely mention what you learned from it as in life lessons or professional tips.

Hope this helps and feel free to comment if you’s like clarification as I’d be more than happy to help!


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