A pre-med shadowing experience provides you with the opportunity to shadow a U.S. physician so you can see how your school’s curriculum translates to a working healthcare system. You can see how the physician-patient relationship plays out in real-time and the process of providing medical attention to a patient from diagnosing symptoms to carrying out a course of care. A pre-med clinical experience can also provide great talking points during medical school interviews.
Additionally, a pre-med shadowing experience gives you insight into what it is like to be a physician. If you enjoy what you experience, it can solidify your goal of becoming a doctor in the future. The experience can also help you realize if a certain specialty is the perfect field for you. Deciding you need to change the area of medicine that you practice in can save you from making the decision later when you have already invested a considerable amount of time, energy, and money.
It is extremely important that you do everything you can to stand out and impress those reviewing applications. A pre-med clinical experience can show medical schools that you are serious about the field as you have invested your time and resources into an early experience. While clinical experience is not required by medical schools, it is preferred.
If you do get an interview with a medical school, you can discuss your pre-med clinical experience in-depth, outlining what you experienced and how it has affected your desire to become a physician. To craft good responses on this topic, it is your responsibility to immerse yourself while participating in a pre-med clinical experience.
According to many sources, the most important aspects of your medical school application are your MCAT scores, your GPA, and the content within your letters of evaluation (also referred to as letters of recommendation). Upon completion of a clinical experience with AMO, you will be eligible to request a letter of evaluation from your precepting physician. While individuals may upload 10 letters to their medical school applications, most schools prefer that individuals submit two to five letters.
It’s important to note that the content of the letter of evaluation is of equal importance to the credentials of the physician writing it. Letters of evaluation sent to medical schools should outline your accomplishments and goals as much as they discuss the actual experience. For your letter-writer to know these details, it is important you have candid conversations about your plans for the future and the inspiration behind them.
With the rapid growth of telehealth, medical education providers are racing to ensure the next generation of healthcare providers have the tools they need to offer online services. Flexible Virtual Rotations allow you to participate in an AMO program remotely, on your own schedule and at your own pace.
Medical trainees who participate in virtual pre-med shadowing experiences are part of a multifaceted experience that includes:
Understanding how medical education in the U.S. works can be difficult. It is a lengthy process with multiple steps that appear similar but are very different. To make planning your medical education in the U.S. easier we curated an outline of each step and put them in chronological order.
When it comes to selecting a pre-med experience to include on your resume for medical school, there are many options. Regardless of which experience you choose, here are 5 tips for planning a pre-med shadowing experience.
We are happy to announce that AMO now offers pre-med shadowing experiences! We know the value that these experiences can bring to your medical education, and we want to share these with you. Here are six of the most noteworthy ways a pre-med shadowing experience can benefit you!
The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) extended primary medical school applications. In addition to this change, there are several others occurring in the coming months, which those who have already submitted their primary application should make a note of.
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