My name is Matt, and I’ll be a sophomore this fall at Oakland University. This summer, I’ve been shadowing a gastroenterologist, once a week for 3 months in the clinic, and have had an amazing time doing so. He even allowed me to shadow him perform colonoscopies using hot snares to remove polyps and cold snares to get biopsies! However, I am interested in shadowing other specialties, e.g neurology, pathology, and rheumatology, and am considering asking him for a letter of recommendation to move to explore other specialties. However, I have the following questions:
- Is it too early to ask this physician for a letter of recommendation?
- If I do ask for a letter of recommendation, shouldn’t I be wise about it? I can’t shadow 20 physicians and ask each of them for a letter of recommendation, right?
- Should I continue to shadow this physician? He used to be a former coach of mine was I was in elementary school. I am also shadowing an internist, so maybe I should discontinue that to allow myself to shadow one of the aforementioned specialties and continue shadowing the gastroenterologist?
Thanks in advance,