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June 15, 2011

Shadowing Physicians

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Author Affiliation: Office of Admissions, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle (

JAMA. 2011;305(23):2414-2416. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.787

To the Editor: Dr Kitsis1 expressed distress concerning college students shadowing physicians. Shadowing is supported by the Association of American Medical Colleges.2 In contrast to the United Kingdom, where the government finances medical education, US medical students assume exorbitant debt for their medical education.3 No one would buy a Ferrari without test-driving it.

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