takethecannoli3 Posted September 9, 2011 Share Posted September 9, 2011 I contacted a PA for a shadowing opportunity, and got an email back within a few hours (YES!). I am posting the email here to see if anyone has heard of having to do something like this before (names and institution blocked out for obvious reasons) and if it sounds fishy to you all...I know this guy is a legit PA because I found him on the PASO website. The email is as follows: Thanks for your email. I will be happy to try to facilitate you shadowing me and others here at INSTITUTION. We enjoy providing this service to prospective PA students, since we were once in the same place as you are now. Please provide me the month you are interested in doing this, including the days of the week and times you are available. Some doctors prefer only a certain number of days they will allow. In my case, my doctor only allows Tuesday mornings and not more than a couple in a month. Depending on your schedule, I can ask him what alternate day he might permit and how many days, if Tuesday mornings don’t work for you. INSTITUTION has an application process through its Med Ed department, which includes a $100 fee for processing and background check. Also, you must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate college program. Prior to submitting your application, you have to provide them the doctors you will be with (every PA has a supervising doctor), because they will have to provide their approval. I believe there is a limit of 30 days. But, it also depends on the doctor(s). So, it might be less than 30 days. The application documents and Med Ed will explain this more. If you send me your schedule and time period, I can check with some of my PA colleagues to see who might be interested in participating. This way, you might get an opportunity to shadow in different specialties, such as trauma medicine, surgery, oncology, ICU, etc. Once you have this and know how many days you will have for the month, you can start the application process. I hope this helps and look forward to hearing back from you. $100 fee?? Really?! I am currently shadowing 2 other PAs at a similar institution and did not have to pay anything. What do you guys think? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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