Body & Soul Shadowing Experiences

After a student's first semester at ACU, Body & Soul students are matched with a Christian physician/dentist to get a first-hand "day in the life" experience. This provides an excellent way for students to evaluate their career choice and identify areas of greatest interest. To participate in this opportunity requires a 3.5 GPA as well as being part of the Body & Soul Program.

See what our Body & Soul students say about their shadowing experience:

  • Taylor Castleberry, pre-physical therapy student: When I was growing up, I did not always dream of becoming a doctor or even having a career in healthcare. For as long as I could remember I wanted to be an elementary teacher, then my sophomore year of high school happened.. . . More

  • Madison Harris, pre-medical student: Reflecting upon this new semester that is now about to close, one thing I remember vividly is praying with Terri in her office during one of our meetings. I came to her, again, unsure of my career decisions and confused about God’s leading in my life. . . . More
  • McKenzie Dunlap, pre-medical student: This semester I was able to shadow an OB/GYN doctor.  I made sure to sign up to shadow a female doctor because I wanted to see how she handles such a time consuming job and a family.  I also am very interested in pursuing a career in her field. What I witnessed during the weeks of shadowing was nothing short of extraordinary....More
  • Whitney Brantley, pre-medical student: For the past six weeks, I have been shadowing a pediatrician. While shadowing I was able to observe the way she prepares for each patient, how she interacts with a child, so they enjoy their visit, and how she conducts the various types of checkups. Many times I shadowed alongside a pharmacy student so I was then able to observe how doctors prescribe medications...More
  • Sussan Talamas, pre-medical student: Anytime that I am in my hometown in Mexico, I shadow and observed an orthopedic surgeon and have worked in his office with his patients and during surgeries. He has become an inspiration to me and he has encouraged me to become a doctor. For the past 6 weeks, I have now had the privilege of shadowing another orthopedic surgeon, since he is very experienced in the same field that I am in interested in....More
  • Andrea Saenz, pre-physical therapy student: This semester I observed a Physical Therapist at a clinic. My experience was amazing. I got to see what a day as a physical therapist was like, and I really enjoyed it. I got to know the athletic trainers really well and some of the patients too. I loved the feeling of being a physical therapist and seeing people gradually get better after a few visits....More
  • Madison Harris, pre-medical student: This semester, ACU’s Body and Soul program provided me with the most wonderful opportunity to shadow a female OB/GYN. During this shadowing experience, God not only opened my eyes to a profession that seems to utilize the gifts that He’s given me...More
  • Lauren Peters, pre-medical student: This is my second semester as a member of the Body & Soul Program, and I can honestly say that it was even more beneficial than the first semester. I had the opportunity to shadow the same pediatric physician I shadowed last semester, Dr. Rachel Anderson... More
  • Megan Kriger, pre-physical therapy student: I was able to shadow a physical therapist for several weeks. During this time, I experienced the setting of a larger PT clinic with 3-5 physical therapists in one facility. This fast-paced facility allowed me to compare this setting to two past settings I have encountered with one PT and one PTA at a facility, and on a mission... More
  • Jamie Choe, pre-medical student: Shadowing this semester has been a blessing in ways that I could have never expected. I have shadowed a few other physicians in the past, but none have been as openly Christian or active in medical mission as this doctor... More
  • Abby Phipps, pre-medical student: This semester, I had the opportunity to shadow a pediatrician. I shadowed for about 22 hours in total, and I loved learning from the doctor and observing how he interacted with his patients as well as their parents and families. One thing that I learned about being a health professional is... More
  • Brenna Martin, pre-medical student: Over the course of this semester I shadowed an orthopedic surgeon. Since I had never shadowed before, this experience was eye opening to me in various ways. Through watching the doctor interact with his patients I have seen that...More
  • Evan Bridges, pre-health student: I came into this program with a basis of what shadowing was since I had done some in high school. I wanted to choose an oncologist to shadow this semester since that is the field of medicine that I am looking to go into... More
  • Barrett Davidson, pre-dental student: This fall I shadowed two dentists that were in the same office. They both attended ACU. Together they have general dentistry and orthodontic practice on the south side of town. They were very welcoming and helpful to me in learning more about practicing dentistry... More
  • Ali Rakestraw, pre-medical student: I was privileged to spend close to 15 hours shadowing an OB-GYN working at Abilene Regional Hospital with over 20 years of experience in the field. During this time, I learned more about the field of obstetrics and gynecology, about being a Christian professional, and about my own future pursuit in this field...More

For more information about ACU's Body & Soul program, contact Terri Aldriedge, R.N., B.S.N., Body & Soul program director.

ACU pre-medical and pre-dental students shadow doctors for real-life experience.
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