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June 15, 2011

Shadowing Physicians

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Author Affiliations: Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut (kenneth.wong@yale.edu).

JAMA. 2011;305(23):2414-2416. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.788

To the Editor: Dr Kitsis' Commentary1 illuminated the ethics involved when undergraduates shadow physicians before becoming full-fledged trainees. Citing the fiduciary relationship between the patient and physician, she raised the important question, “How is a patient's welfare served by having a college student present during an appointment with his or her physician?” As first-year medical students, we agree that protecting patients' rights and privacy is paramount. However, medicine requires a time commitment, a monetary commitment, and most of all, a commitment to patients. Understanding the latter through shadowing makes an informed career decision possible.

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