Pre-Med Shadowing Clinical Experiences

Medical learning for U.S. pre-medical students that goes beyond the classroom!

What is a Pre-Med Shadowing Clinical Experience?

Similar to an undergraduate internship, a pre-med shadowing experience is an observership program that provides you with the opportunity to see how classroom concepts translate to real-world settings and puts you one step ahead of your peers.
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“This was by far the best experience I have had with any physician. As an undergrad, I have shadowed several physicians. Although I felt I had learned from all them, they all seem boring compared to this experience. The doctor had prepared slides of various cases and went over those cases with us. He even quizzed us on the material. He had my full attention 100 percent of the time.”

Josh, United States
General Surgery, June 2021

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Highlighted Programs

Most Popular

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4.5/5 Stars

Pediatrics at GSK Medical Center

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Patient-Focused

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Observe Patient Consultations

Internal Medicine at Millburn Medical Center

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budget friendly

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Only $1499 USD

Family Medicine at Primary Patient Clinic

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What to Expect from a Pre-Med Shadowing Clinical Experience?

During a pre-med shadowing program, you enter the clinical setting and observe a U.S. physician. You will be exposed to patient-physician interactions as they play out in real-time and observe the process of providing care.

These clinical experiences provide insight into what life is like as a physician, which is an invaluable opportunity to solidify your goal of attending medical school and becoming a physician. It is also a chance to explore a specialty, which can help you establish your field of study early in your education and save you time and resources down the line.

Benefits of a U.S. Pre-Med Shadowing Experience

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Earn credit for your core and medical electives completed in the USA.

Create a Standout Application

Standing out on medical school applications takes more than strong grades and competitive MCAT scores. A U.S. pre-med shadowing program shows how serious you are about the medical field as you have dedicated time to learn beyond the classroom.
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Gain skills from your clinical experience electives to help you on the USMLE

Gain Real-World Experience

A medical shadowing experience shows admissions readers your knowledge beyond your academic grades and test scores. Should you secure an interview with a medical school, a pre-med shadowing program will better prepare you to discuss your desire to become a physician through the experiences you gained in real-world settings.
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Earn an LoR to validate your medical work experience abroad and help you when applying to the match.

Earn a Letter of Evaluation

Letters of evaluation are a critical aspect of med school applications. Completing a pre-med shadowing experience with AMOpportunities makes you eligible to request a merit-based letter of evaluation from your precepting physician. Because the credentials of letter writers are as important as the content of the letters, an LoE from a practicing physician can potentially carry more weight than a letter from a university instructor.
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Find a Mentor

Not only will preceptors be able to speak firsthand to your practical knowledge and experience, but a conversation with your preceptor early in your program allows the physician to structure your shadowing experience around those goals and offer mentorship. Previous students often share how their preceptors go above and beyond by providing case studies, articles, or even videos to supplement clinical learning.

“The staff/preceptors I shadowed were all incredible professionals. They were very knowledgeable, took the time to explain the steps they took, gave a lot of advice, and were always there to answer questions. I would definitely recommend this program to others because it confirmed my career choice and allowed me to have once-in-a-lifetime experiences with patients and doctors. I learned more about medicine in this month than I had learned in my four years of undergrad.”

Jessica, United States
Pediatrics, August 2021

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