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This will be an online course, and all work will be submitted by email. I use fractional grading, and I will provide you with narrative feedback on all of your assignments as they are submitted. Your final grade will be determined by the following assignments:

1. WEEKLY JOURNAL (formerly referred to as a Daily Log) - take notes, as possible, each day on what tasks you performed, how you spent your time, what you have learned, and any other information pertinent to your performance and learning experience. Also, include self-evaluations of how well you feel you did that day, what tasks presented difficulty or challenge, what tasks you feel you accomplished adequately, etc. Then, on each Friday, you answer three questions for your weekly journal. You can use your summary of notes to answer the three questions. You only need 2-3 sentences per question. The three questions are:

1) What did you learn this week?
2) What tasks did you complete?
3) What was your takeaway, what is the thing that will stay with you after this week?
These need to be submitted by 11:59 PM (Midnight, mountain time), EACH FRIDAY through CANVAS

2. ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY - You should plan to read and write a brief description of 3-5 published sources that are relevant to the focus of your medical shadowing and/or your aspirational profession. Ideally, this is done before the shadowing begins or early-on in the semester, as this will help you in preparing for the work, so you will have appropriate background knowledge. For example, if you are shadowing a pediatrician, your reading should focus on issues in pediatrics, if you are shadowing a surgeon, issues in surgery. Professional organizations are good sources for this type of information for your annotated bibliography. An ideal annotation is about two paragraphs summarizing what the article was about, and a third paragraph that is your evaluation of the content of the article or book chapter.

3. SELF- EVALUATION STATEMENT - Also, you are required to submit, at the conclusion of your internship, a brief self-evaluation statement. In this statement, you are encouraged to discuss what you learned about yourself during the course of the experience. Please reflect on how this experience and knowledge gained might affect your plans re future employment or scholarship. You should include both the positive and negative things which you feel you did well and things which proved to more challenging to you than you had anticipated.

4. EVALUATION FROM SUPERVISOR - I will contact the person who supervised your shadowing experience and ask them to assess your performance, and this will also be used in determining your final grade.

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Student testimonials about medical shadowing

Testimonial from Daniel:

I chose medical shadowing to gain additional knowledge in the medical field, I was interested in seeing how different specialty clinics operated and how the daily lives of physicians were compared to one another. Shadowing allows you to ask the physicians what exactly they like about the job and what they dislike about the job. Adapting to the different types of environments (clinic, OR, ED, ICU etc.) can give you an idea of what to expect in the future when you are doing clinical rotations in medical school! This shadowing experience was one of the best things I have ever done and was a great opportunity for me to see what a plastic surgeon does on a day-to-day basis. This experience is something I will always treasure and reflect back on once I am older and hopefully in the position to give back to my community like Dr. Aburto did for me. If there was one thing I could change about my experience is I wish I had more time to shadow Dr. Aburto because the procedures and results were so fascinating, and he really helped me understand things about the human body that I did not know about.  Overall, this was a great opportunity for me and like I mentioned before I was lots of procedures that ranged from panniculectomies, blepharoplasties, breast reductions, placement of implants, removal of melanomas, injection of Botox and fillers, fat grafting and so much more! As a student I definitely went in with an open mind and willingness to learn.


Testimonial from Michelle:

As a nontraditional student, I felt that medical shadowing would provide me with an opportunity to learn from medical practitioners in the most realistic environment exposing me to real-life patient management skills that are significant to be successful within medicine. I was looking to advance my learning and skillset in application to emergency medicine patients. Changing careers from physical therapy to medicine wasn’t a decision I made lightly. I wanted to shadow one of these providers to find out if I had what it takes to be successful within medicine. Medical shadowing has allowed me the privilege and honor of working closely with several amazing practitioners of the Las Cruces area within the Memorial Medical Center Family Emergency Department. This experience has provided me great insight into my future role with respect to duties and responsibilities of the typical hustle and bustle of the ER. I was permitted to interview several patients practicing my newly acquired skillset. The program has supplied me with great exposure to the medical healthcare system like no other in treating residents of my rural community with a different area of focus.Medicine and healthcare are service industry fields. I would highly encourage any student interested in the medical field or the healthcare field in general to shadow a medical professional and learn about their respective roles and responsibilities within the healthcare system. If you are a companionate, trustworthy, hardworking, and dedicated individual who wants to truly help make a difference and make their communities better, then this is for you! It will greatly help you determine if this field is something you want and are capable of doing. I learned a tremendous amount about myself, my strengths, my weaknesses, and my overall time management skills. This is as real as it gets prior to medical school. I highly recommend a shadowing experience


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