Shadowing and mentoring both present opportunities for medical students to gain insight into fields of interest and receive valuable guidance from more experienced peers and/or seasoned professionals in practice. While both opportunities may offer a means to gain exposure to certain specialties or practitioners, the nature of shadowing and mentoring differ depending on your goals.
Shadowing can be a fruitful means to helping you discover what specialties you may want to pursue by providing you a day-in-the-life experience of an attending physician and their practice environments. These experiences are typically short-term and may be through OU Health or community medical practices and organizations in the Oklahoma City and surrounding communities. A mentor can be a helpful guide for the various facets of your medical school journey. These may be attending physicians, residents, more senior students, professors, or outside professionals in the medical industry.