Virtual Shadowing 🩺

DWAMSS are proud to introduce their first-of-its-kind virtual shadowing experience, where you are able to shadow five different medical students across each year of medical school.

DWAMSS hopes the resources will give you an idea as to what studying Medicine involves, how it is medical students are taught, and hopefully aid concrete you ambition to pursue Medicine as your career. Each year will take you on average 60 to 90 minutes to complete, with the ability to take breaks and come back to it if needed, with it anticipated to take six to eight hours to complete all five virtual shadowing experiences.

At the start of virtual experiences, you will be introduced to the medical student you’re virtually shadowing for that day and your lecturer for that specific year will also welcome you before you get started. There will be lots of interaction and questions along the way, so make sure to take some notes!

Years one, two and three will take you through the respiratory system (the lungs), Orthopaedics (bones) and Psychiatry (mental health). During these first three years, you will attend lectures, workshops, clinical and/or communication skill sessions. You will learn about some common diagnoses, such as asthma and depression. In addition, you will learn some clinical examination skills, such as how Doctors examine a patient’s lungs, and also some communications skill techniques, such as how Doctors assess a patients pain.

Year four will take you into General Practice, where you will use some of what you learned in first to third year to help assess some patients. Here, you will begin to learn that patients are not simply symptoms and a diagnosis, but people with lives and experiences! One of the biggest parts of being a Doctor is listening, and you will certainly need to listen closely during your year four virtual shadowing experience.

Year five will have you again drawing on experience from your first three years, in addition to learning some more advanced practical skills; you will be a professional before even starting Medical School!

Altogether, we hope your virtual shadowing experiences will not only be informative, but also enjoyable as you will be able to virtually immerse yourself in medical school life. It will also provide an experience, should you go on to apply to medical school, that you can discuss in your personal statement and at your interview.