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:

Rachel Lowe, pre-medical student: This semester I was blessed with the opportunity to shadow in the operating room while at Hendrick. This has by far been my favorite exposure to the medical field, and I am so grateful to all the doctors and administrators who helped make that happen...More

Austin Parsons, pre-medical student: Over the course of the past semester, I had the most gracious opportunity of shadowing a local pediatrician in town. Every Monday at 1:30, I would head to a pediatrics office to shadow. This experience was an overwhelming positive experience for my career path hopes...More

Louis Sanchez, pre-medical student: I had the pleasure of shadowing a pediatrician for my first semester as part of the Body and Soul Program. With the many options available, I had decided to look for a well experienced pediatrician. Over thirty years of experience and degrees from prestigious universities had caught my eye and I knew . . . More

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

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

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

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