Spring Semester Shadowing: Family Medicine

YAY my last shadowing experience blog post! Family medicine was actually the first specialty I shadowed way back in high school so I was excited to shadow it with my new med student lenses.

Family medicine does exactly what the name implies: treat the whole family. Family med docs see all genders and ages and treat a wide range of disease and problems. One thing that I loved about my experience this past spring was how well the doctor knew her patients. She had been their doctor for over 10 years, developing a very unique yet sacred relationship that not many people share. I love this part of medicine, the continuity of care. She treated one patient for 10 years and then takes care of that patient’s children!

I also had the impression that family med doctors don’t have much time with each patient. During my hour, I only saw two patients! This was plenty of time to address the patient’s needs, treatment plans, and also include some education.

Well this concludes my shadowing recap! Shadowing has been an awesome way to see a day in the life of different specialties. If you have any questions on how to get involved with shadowing, comment below!




Spring Semester Shadowing: Neurosurgery

Hi guys! Today I’m writing about my experience shadowing Neurosurgery and how I was shocked to find I actually enjoyed this specialty.

Sad news is that I didn’t shadow on a surgery day. Instead, I shadowed on a clinic day where the doctor saw patients either post-operation or if he was consulted to see a new patient. I can’t wait until the day I get to scrub in during a brain surgery!

The doctor saw about 6 patients in the hour that I was with him. One patient was post-op and was there to review her brain scans after her previous surgery. The other patients were all referred to him from other physicians. Neurosurgery deals with surgically treating issues of the spinal cord, brain, and other parts of the nervous system. All of the patients I saw had issues dealing with the brain specifically.

Anatomy really prepared me to see structures on a variety of modalities! I feel way more comfortable viewing MRI’s and CT’s than I did before med school. I was able to actually recognize arteries and structures on the patient’s MRI’s and CT’s which made me feel connected to the patient and helped me understand the depth of their disease.

I think I liked this experience so much because the doctor was SO passionate about his specialty. He really loved his job and that made it so appealing to me. He told me that balance between his work and home life is sometimes difficult, but loving his career makes it easier.

Have you ever seen a brain surgery!? I’ve heard that it’s so hard to distinguish healthy brain from diseased brain! Eek.

Check out my past shadowing experiences herehere, and here!

Spring Semester Shadowing: Med/Peds

Here is another short little blog post about one of my shadowing experiences this past semester! You can find last semester shadowing info here and my latest spring post here!

Today I’m talking about a specialty I didn’t hear about until med school: Medicine/Pediatrics. Did you know there are other residency programs with dual training? For example, internal med/family med and internal med/psychiatry exist along with many others! These programs let the resident train in both specialities and then at the end of training, the resident can sit for both board exams to become dual-board-certified. I think that is super interesting because it opens up what type of patients you can see and what type of medicine you will be practicing dramatically.

I thought my experience would consist of both kids and adults but during my time, I only saw 3 adult patients. The physician I was following was working outpatient, so it seemed very similar as a family medicine physician I had shadowed in the past. Nevertheless, I still enjoyed this experience.

I was able to see the physician-patient contact and education that always intrigues me. When the doctor was explaining new medication to the patient, I found myself nodding in understanding and agreement as if I was the patient. I’m excited to finally study pharm this upcoming year so I have a clue what doctors talk about.

One thing that may have been interesting to see would have been to see this specialty in action in the hospital. Has anyone shadowed a med/peds physician before?! I would love to know if 50/50 balance is actually possible between children and adult patients!

Thanks for reading up on this unique specialty! If you have any questions about med/peds as a specialty, ask away 🙂

Next up is neurosurgery so stay tuned!