The University of Washington School of Medicine recommends that students spend at least 40 hours shadowing a physician prior to applying to medical school. There are several clinics, medical schools, and physicians that allow premedical students in the state of Washington to shadow a doctor.
When shadowing in Washington, students can expect to adhere to the following standards:
- Maintain a professional appearance by ensuring to wear appropriate attire.
- Students under 18 should have a release/consent form signed by a parent or guardian.
- Have up-to-date immunizations and records of such immunizations.
- No recent illness within the last 30 days.
- Documentation of any allergies, such as latex allergies.
- Abide by all information security and patient privacy policies.
Students wishing to pursue a career in osteopathic medicine may want to consider contacting the Washington Osteopathic Medical Association to network with D.O.’s willing to allow students to shadow. The Washington Osteopathic Medical Association website contains a directory that can be used to find osteopathic physicians in your area.
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