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Shadowing & Clinical Experience

All pre-professional health students must shadow professionals in their respective fields and/or work or volunteer in a clinical setting in order to 1) definitively establish that he/she can handle the physical demands of the profession and 2) demonstrate his/her commitment to the field to faculty, advisors, and professional school admissions committees. 

Students are encouraged to shadow a range of health professions to deepen their appreciation of the complexity of medicine and health care.  No matter what a student's career goals are--shadowing a variety of physicians, nurses, dentists, surgeons, pharmacists, optometrists, and physician assistants allows a student to gain a deeper understanding of patient care from a variety of perspectives and see  the interconnectedness of these different professional health fields.

To find shadowing experiences students generally start with his/her personal network of doctors, friends and family who will be open to allowing the student to shadow.  Students may also reach out to the local hospital in Richmond and nearby Berea and Lexington (or his/her hometown) to inquire about shadowing opportunities.  Finally, students may consider volunteering with a clinic or non-profit organization that gives them some ongoing exposure to patient care.  Follow the links below to learn more:

Baptist Health Hospital (Richmond & Lexington):

Saint Joseph Berea KentuckyOne Health Hospital:

Find a DO to Shadow:

Southern Kentucky Area Health Education Center (AHEC) (support finding shadowing):

Surgery on Sunday:

Links to helpful articles:

Shadowing a Doctor

Five Ways to Gain Experience Without Shadowing

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