Virtual Shadowing Program for Preclinical Medical Students

Prashant Saini, Kunal Debroy, Christopher Badger, Cynthia Powell, Punam Thakkar, Katherine C. Chretien

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Our annual summer shadowing program for preclinical medical students faced significant challenges due to COVID-19-related safety and resource concerns during Summer 2020. We created a pilot 7-week virtual shadowing program with the goal of providing virtual observational clinical experiences to increase students’ clinical exposure and understanding of medical specialties. Faculty and preclinical medical students were matched via student preference selection and mentor availability. A practice guide was developed that outlined suggested virtual shadowing procedures. Afterward, participating faculty and students were surveyed on their experience. Overall, both faculty and students found the program effective and experienced limited technological difficulty.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1575-1580
Number of pages6
JournalMedical Science Educator
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2021


  • Preclinical
  • Shadowing
  • Specialty choice
  • Virtual


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