Maynard Posted December 10, 2015 Share Posted December 10, 2015 All you pre-PAs have heard the advice that you should shadow a PA. Some schools even require a certain number of hours spent shadowing. As I understand it, shadowing is important because it shows that you know what you're getting into and thus you're less likely to later leave the field (compared to a student who leapt without looking). This sounds reasonable enough, but I've always doubted that shadowing was actually affecting students' decision-making process. A student may have a little more insight into a PA's day-to-day work after shadowing, but does this ever actually translate into a student realizing they're not cut out for the field and should do something else? If shadowing actually led to students making better career choices, then at some point shadowing would have to lead to students making a different choice than the one they were set on before they started shadowing. Do any of you know someone who changed their mind about PA school after shadowing? Has anyone ever shadowed a PA, only to never apply to PA school? Just curious. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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