Making the most of the shadowing period
Often viewed as a burden, shadowing can help equip you with necessary skills and knowledge for your first day of work
- By: R Gill
It is your final year as a medical student and you have just been told you will have to take time out of your summer holiday to complete a period of shadowing. Although at first you might feel cheated, this important shadowing period will pay dividends in the future.
If you have been wondering about how you will face the night on-calls or make the most of the prescription chart, this is where your shadowing period comes in. Not only does this time allow you to become more familiar with your future working environment, it will also help you gain confidence in your abilities as a junior doctor.1
Shadowing is the process of observing and contributing to the daily duties of the current junior doctor whose job you will be taking over in August. The aim is to ease you into life as a doctor, giving you the opportunity to