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June 15, 2011

Shadowing Physicians

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Department of Surgery, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland (jfreisc1@jhmi.edu).

JAMA. 2011;305(23):2414-2416. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.789

To the Editor: Dr Kitsis provided no data to support her theory that college students are a threat to the patient-physician pact when shadowing in the clinic.1 By not allowing college students to shadow physicians, some students' only opportunity to see what a physician does will be eliminated—and those who really need to experience this shadowing opportunity are women and underrepresented minority and underprivileged students.

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