Guidelines for Clinical Shadowing Experiences

Clinical observation (or shadowing) is one of the best ways to determine whether the daily responsibilities and typical setting of a profession are a good fit for you. Additionally, many health professions programs require or recommend a certain number of hours of clinical observation in the field of interest prior to applying. Click here for more information on how to arrange observation experiences.

Guidelines for Clinical Shadowing Experiences for Students was published by the Association of American Medical Colleges’ (AAMC) Group on Student Affairs (GSA), Committee on Admissions (COA) in consultation with the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (NAAHP), the American Medical Association (AMA), and Dr. Elizabeth Kitsis, director of bioethics education, assistant professor, Epidemiology and Population Health and Medicine of Albert Einstein COM.

Though aimed at pre-medical students (MD/DO), these guidelines are helpful to students interested in exploring and shadowing professionals within a wide variety of health careers.