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P17 Benefits and Pitfalls During the Implementation of a Longitudinal Shadowing Experience for a High School Student in the Department of Family Medicine

Michael Malone, MD; Rafay Nasir

02/2/18 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Austin Grand Ballroom J-K

For many years, high school students had been rotating with specialists as part of a longitudinal experience at our institution, but high school students had not previously shadowed family medicine physicians longitudinally. This session describes the experience for the first high school student to rotate through a longitudinal shadowing experience in the department of family medicine at Penn State. Based on a mixed-methods research approach, we collected both quantitative and qualitative data from the student and physicians during the 12-week longitudinal experience. We identify some of the positives and negatives of this type of rotation and how this experience can be used by other institutions to increase career interest in family medicine.

Upon completion of this session, participants should be able to:

  1. Describe some of the positive and negative aspects of having a high-school student shadow Family Medicine physicians longitudinally.
  2. Design and implement a shadowing experience for high school students at his or her institution.
  3. Identify barriers to an ideal shadowing experience for high school student


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