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.
- Specialty choice