Through my experiences of internships, global health minor, research and EMT training, I have cumulated over 400 hours of shadowing. However, the hours are from three years ago (four by the time I apply). The past few years I have completed Teach for America and have since stayed teaching high school algebra. I haven’t continued shadowing because teaching at a brand new high school takes about 50 hours a week. Then, from 2017-2019 with the TFA / grad school requirements, I also had to dedicate a majority of my weekends. I once heard on your podcast that shadowing and such experiences are about being able to articulate why you want to be a physician, which I feel like I can. I also feel like I can justify why I haven’t done any since / why I want to get back into the medical field after practicing in education. My ultimate question: do I apply this year without having a recent shadowing experience or do I apply next summer once I can get more recent hours either clinically or via shadowing? **I’m not in a rush and all other factors would be the same.
There are a few of us that are in the same train. And it seems like there are no clear answers. Do we still have a shot?