Author: Sun NZ, Lin C, Lee I, Kim G, Ruhe V and Snell L Publication Year: 2013
Summary: This paper suggests that ‘Shadowing’ of practicing physicians or trainees (a.k.a. observership) presents a potentially useful career exploration tool for those wishing to enter the medical profession.
Description: Medicine is a highly demanding profession and the life-long commitments argue for adequate career exploration prior to medical school application. ‘Shadowing’ of practicing physicians or trainees (a.k.a. observership) presents a potentially useful career exploration tool but has never been studied in this context.

In this paper undergraduate pre-medical students who participated in a Canadian observership program were studied. Students were then surveyed on their baseline perception and expectation of a medical career. Participants were then randomly assigned to receive repeat assessment either after observership (intervention) or after a similar lapse of time without observership (control). The difference between the groups to determine the educational effect of observership was then compared.

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