Shadowing a Physician

Andrew Hester, sophomore biochemistry major and pre-medical student:

To begin, I would like to say that I was less than enthusiastic about shadowing a doctor. After all, I knew I wanted to be a doctor and I did not need to follow one around like a "fly on the wall" as some measly, little "pre-med" student. That all changed about 10 minutes after I began shadowing a local doctor, when I realized it was not the awkward experience I expected it to be. Although there was never a doubt in my mind that I wanted to pursue medicine, shadowing was, in the least, a huge positive reinforcement as to why I am doing all of this hard work. Although many things the doctor said were slightly over my head, as far as medical jargon goes, he did a fantastic job at actually incorporating me into the things he was doing and trying to teach me what was going on.

One of the most memorable moments was when we were going over a patient's x-ray of the cervical spine. It just so happened that I had a Human Anatomy exam the next day over the musculoskeletal system. The doctor started labeling parts and even quizzing me on what we were looking at on the x-ray. Shadowing was a great experience, and I highly recommend that anyone looking to go into a health profession get involved in the Body & Soul Program at ACU as early as possible.

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