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JOB Shadowing

Reasons to Job Shadow

  • Help you get more healthcare experience and better understand your motivations for pursuing medicine

    • This will help you when you're writing your personal statement​

  • Builds relationships with healthcare professionals for letters of recommendation in the future

  • Allows you to begin exploring different specialties before your clinical years in medical school

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Get shadows in early - talk to your own doctors and your parents doctors about potentially shadowing them. It's really hard to get in enough shadowing hours and so jump at any specialty you may be offered even if you think at first that you may not be interested in it, you never know. I didn't know how interesting pathology was until I shadowed a pathologist! 


Carver COM

M.D., 2023

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D.O. 2023

Shadowing is a good way to learn about what specialties are available, what they do, and what their workload is like. If there is time on your shadowing day, ask your physician about the medical and non-medical aspects of their career. As I approach clinical years, lifestyle has become an important factor I consider when thinking of potential specialties, so I am very glad I had the opportunity to discuss this topic with physicians in various specialties.

How to Get Involved

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

  • Through Diversity and Inclusion, if you meet the eligibility:

    • Minimum GPA of 2.5

    • Be a currently enrolled student at the University of Iowa or a member of MAPS@Grinnell

    • Attend Professionalism Training with Dr. Denise Martinez, Associate Dean, Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

    • Complete mandatory HIPAA compliance training and health paperwork prior to shadowing


Mercy Hospital

  • Call Mercy Education Office at 319-339-3670

Lenox Hill

  • We are excited for you to join our unique program, in which participants will have the opportunity to engage in a variety of stimulating webinars hosted by physicians, nurses, ACPs, as well as our administrative staff.

Virtual Shadowing

  • Each Tuesday night at 7:00 pm CST we will have a ZOOM meeting over various topics. Links to the ZOOM meetings will be sent via email to prevent hacking. Participants will be able to join the meeting at 7:00 pm, and it will be "first come - first serve", as we can only hold up to 500 people at a time on ZOOM, at least at the moment.

Medical YouTube Channels

  • Though typical YouTube channels can't be considered "job shadowing" because there is no patient interaction observation, they can still be helpful in finding your place in medicine and learning more about yourself and healthcare

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Mama Doctor Jones

Board Certified ObGyn and Mom to 4, she explores Patient Centered Care & Education related to ObGyn topics

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Doctor Mike

Actively Practicing Board Certified Family Medicine Doctor living in NYC. My goal is to make the field of medicine relatable, understandable, and fun!

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Kristina Braly

Board-Certified Anesthesiologist creating Medical Edutainment, Tech, and Lifestyle content

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Dr Hope's Sick Notes

Emergency Medicine Doctor and Teaching Fellow in the UK. This channel is a light-hearted look at hospitals, the human body and what it's like to be a doctor.

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Rena Malik

Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgeon. Makes videos on easy ways to improve your bladder health, advice for those pursing a career in urology and ways to be more productive and efficient with your time.

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America Revere

Surgical intern. Hi, I'm America, the most unorthodox doctor on YouTube.

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Rachel Southard

I am currently a second-year osteopathic medical student in California. With uploads every Friday, I take you with me on this exciting journey to becoming a physician.

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Doctor in Training

ObGyn intern, learning medicine one day at a time.

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Violin MD

Hi, I'm Siobhan! I'm currently a 4th year resident in Canada specializing in rheumatology! Before medicine, I was a violinist so you'll get some music sprinkled into the videos

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Erin Hays

Hi guys! I'm a urology intern. Subscribe for videos about medical school, finances in medicine, beauty, fashion, and a little bit of everything!

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Dr Dray

I am a dermatologist and skin care enthusiast with a passion for skin care and a healthy lifestyle. Follow along with me on my Youtube journey. Don't forget to sunscreen and subscribe for more!!

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Ali Abdaal

I'm a Cambridge University medicine graduate, now working as a junior doctor in the UK's National Health Service (NHS). I used to make videos about life as a medical student but I now vlog about life as a doctor :)

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Max Feinstein MD

My name is Max Feinstein and I’m an anesthesiology resident at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. My channel is dedicated to sharing information about careers in medicine.

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Brainbook is a UK charity dedicated to engaging the public, de-mystifying neurosurgery and act as a high-quality educational platform for students, doctors and surgeons across the world.

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Dr Rupa Wong

I'm a board certified ophthalmologist, with fellowship training in pediatric ophthalmology and adult strabismus. This channel will share my passion for keeping kids and adults seeing well, pearls for private practice management, and tips for working with your husband!

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Jerad Gardner, MD

I am a dermatopathologist & bone/soft tissue pathologist at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pennsylvania. I was formerly an Associate Professor of Pathology and Dermatology and dermatopathology fellowship program director at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). 

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Dr Amna Husain

Dr. Amna Husain is a board-certified pediatrician, IBCLC, and mother. Join her as she embarks on the her newest venture in social media education-a Youtube channel focused on pediatrics and parenting!

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Anthony Youn, MD

Known as America's Holistic Plastic Surgeon®, Anthony Youn, M.D. F.A.C.S is a nationally-recognized, board-certified plastic surgeon. His goal is to help health conscious men and women over 30 look and feel their best by teaching them a holistic approach to beauty.

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Dr Mitnaul

The journey from birth to adulthood is filled with waves of change. I'm a father of five and a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (Psychiatry), and the American Board of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

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Dr Melissa Shepard

Hi, I’m Dr. Melissa Shepard! I’m a mama, wife, and medical doctor (MD). I completed my residency in psychiatry at Johns Hopkins and medical school at University of Maryland. I’m passionate about reducing the stigma of mental illness and helping you live an empowered and fulfilled life.

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Neurogal MD

I’m neurogalMD. I’m a neurologist who is passionate about helping people live fuller lives by teaching techniques that optimize brain health. When you master your brain power, you master your life. I am here to teach you to do just that

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Dr Cellini

I am currently a Senior Diagnostic & Interventional Radiology Fellow (PGY-6) living in NYC. I post mostly medical stuff mixed in with a little travel vlogs, and of course, Radiology!

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