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Shadowing Experience

Shadowing current working professionals should be one of your first experiences if you are interested in any health profession: observing physicians, dentists, veterinarians, etc. in action will help you gather the information you need to fully commit to your professional path. 

While there are a few limited opportunities listed here, we strongly encourage students to use their shadowing experience as a networking experience.

  • You should begin by making an inventory of all the medical professionals you know well in your personal life. They will often be a useful resource in finding shadowing opportunities.
  • You may also consider talking to your own primary care doctor, or any specialists you see for your own care: your dentist, your vet, your optometrist, etc.  Often, these contacts may not be willing to allow you to shadow them, due to privacy or other concerns, but very often they will know another doctor who you can contact who will not have the same issues. 
  • Volunteering or working in a hospital setting (e.g. PEDS 5900 clinical shifts) is another excellent way to meet and get to know doctors. Doctors in one department will still know colleagues in a variety of specialties, and they can be very good resources in finding others to shadow.
  • Cold calling doctor's offices from the a website or the phone book is certainly the way people least like to find a doctor to shadow, but nevertheless is the way most people do find some of their doctors to shadow, particularly in the specialties. 

 PCMC Shadowing Program - Shadowing opportunities for pre-medical students at the Primary Children’s Medical Center are available. Eligible students must be actively applying to medical school within the next 12 months to qualify for this program.

  1.  Check the Job Shadowing experience at Primary Children's.
  2. If you need information about shadowing requirements as part of a premed program, visit the University of Utah School of Medicine’s selection criteria website.

FIND A DO doctor:
Use the AOA's Find a DO search on their website to look for a DO in an area or specialty that interests you.

Contact PreProfessional Advising


PPA Advisor Office Locations:

Main PPA Office: Mayumi Kasai, Amy Urbanek and Cari Winger: Building 44, Room 206 [MAP]  

Marriott Library: Shelley Nicholson and Tam Mai: On the 2nd floor, in the South West corner of the Knowledge Commons

HPER North: Heather Crum, Room 234 


Fall 2017
Mon, Tue, Wed & Fri.
7:30 am - 4:00 pm

9:00 am - 4:00 pm

The office will be closed for planned events on:

  • Labor Day: Monday, September 4
  • Thanksgiving: Thursday, November 23
  • Christmas Day: Monday, December 25
  • University Closure Day: Monday, December 26
  •  University Closure Day: Friday, December 29

Appointments are required.

ONLY current University students and Alumni with a UNID can book their appointments ONLINE.
Appointment Manager

If you are a prospective student (freshman, transfer, post-baccalaureate) visiting our office for the first time, please call 801-581-5744 or email to schedule an appointment. 


"10 minute rule"

Please try to arrive a few minutes early to check in before your appointment time. Students who are more than 9 minutes late will be rescheduled.

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Last Updated: 10/3/17