Benefits of Shadowing Healthcare Professionals in 2021

medical doctor shadowing

According to research conducted by Career Hunter, "9 out of 10 people say they regret rushing their career choices, and just 2% said they had no career regrets."

The most common career regrets noticed were: Not Taking Initiatives, Lack of Networking, Lack of Guidance and Mentorship and so on.

While choosing a career, it's very important to be familiar with its pros and cons, especially while opting for a career in Healthcare.

That’s where Shadowing helps!

What is Shadowing?

Shadowing is basically following a doctor during his course of day-to-day work in a clinic, hospital, or operating room. It allows you to get a clear sense of what it’s like to be a doctor.

Some medical schools across North America require you to have 12–24 hours while others may require more than 75 hours of shadowing. Some medical schools, especially in Canada don’t require prior shadowing experience. However, according to most of the schools, shadowing experiences make applicants more competitive in the admissions process.

Why Consider Shadowing?

Whether you're someone thinking about what type of career to choose or someone who is sure about what career he/she will choose, double-checking is always helpful. That's what Job Shadowing does. It provides you an opportunity to become absolutely sure about the career choices you're about to make as it unveils the various aspects of your "dream job", and presents a realistic picture of the daily routine and tasks performed on the job assisting you to make an informed decision about your career!

Shadowing gives you the hands-on experience and exposure that will give you a sense of what working with patients and their families is like.

Benefits of Shadowing Professionals

Introducing a new model for shadowing healthcare professionals:

You all must be aware of the drastic changes the novel coronavirus pandemic brought to our lives through the year 2020. The pandemic impacted the ways we used to operate our businesses and also the way we learn. So, even the field of medicine and healthcare are not left behind.
As the hospitals and the healthcare professionals were overburdened with the responsibilities to fight coronavirus, many hospitals had to keep their shadowing services on hold for the past few months. Due to travel restrictions, it was neither easy for the pre-med students to visit hospitals or clinics for shadowing frequently.
Yet, the positive change this scenario brought was the exploration of new possibilities. Fortunately, the concerned authorities are all set to introduce virtual shadowing. 
Now, the pre-med students would find a suitable and willing healthcare professional to shadow through online resources. Again, the students get the freedom of gaining job-shadowing experience without traveling to hospitals, clinics, or laboratories.
The authorities are working on the technical side of this all-new, technology-driven facilitation. So, very soon, you can expect the implementation of virtual shadowing, where you can job-shadow a healthcare professional through your laptops, desktops, tablet phones, or smartphones, at a mutually agreed time slot.


Shadowing Healthcare Professionals is an invaluable experience that will assist you in narrowing down your career choice and link your classroom experiences with work requirements. Shadowing also provides exposure to a range of specialties while developing professional skills.

Here is the plain text of the Infographic for a few of our readers who have requested it.

Shadowing experience is critical when it comes to getting into medical schools and for deciding whether the path you’ve chosen is the right one for you or not.

  • Great For Medical School Applications:

    Apart from helping a High School student who is trying to figure out which college programs are best for him, Shadowing is also beneficial at various other stages of pre-medical career. Like during college, it can help you choose a Major.

  • Job Insights:

    Shadowing a doctor helps you observe someone in that position for more than one day to get a better grasp of their day-to-day tasks. It also allows you to engage with patients, giving you an opportunity to learn about them and their ailments.

  • Hands-On Experience:

    While most of the Healthcare Shadowing opportunities are observational, you may also get some hands-on experience. This entirely depends on your abilities, knowledge and whether your mentor is equally confident in you or not.

  • Scholarship Possibilities:

    Programs, for example, KHOP (Kearney Health Opportunities Program), RHOP (Rural Health Opportunities Program), KLOP (Kearney Law Opportunities Program) offer scholarships for students seeking health professions. These scholarships cover the tuition fees at particular colleges and a position in professional school. In such cases, Shadowing professionals can help show scholarship providers that you are serious and dedicated to your career.

  • Networking:

    Job Shadowing in Healthcare is a great way to meet people. It provides you with a great opportunity for networking and building connections with healthcare providers which will play a key role when asking them for a letter of recommendation to add crystals to your application portfolio.

Recent Posts

9 Tips For Current And Future Pre-med Students

Shadowing a Doctor during a Global Pandemic

5 Things You Should Know Before Starting Medical School

Benefits of Shadowing Healthcare Professionals in 2021

Understanding SOAP Notes For Clinical Rounds