Author Affiliations: Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.
Wong KR, Gold JA. Shadowing Physicians. JAMA. 2011;305(23):2414-2416. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.788