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Shadowing a doctor


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Shadowing a doctor

  1. 1. Shadowing a Doctor By Holly McKelvey
  2. 2. Why? <ul><li>I developed a strong interest in the sciences this year </li></ul><ul><li>Medicine is often a field that Biologists and Chemists continue into, and one that I feel drawn to because it gives so much to the patients. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Initial Expectations <ul><li>I didn’t expect to be able to see many (if any) patients due to doctor-patient confidentiality regulations </li></ul><ul><li>As a result, I expected to only see the paperwork part of a medical career (of which there is a great deal) </li></ul>
  4. 4. Finding a Doctor <ul><li>Increased confidentiality restrictions have made it more difficult for doctors to let people shadow them </li></ul><ul><li>I asked at City of Hope, but they had eliminated their shadowing program in the last year </li></ul><ul><li>It took a long time to finally get in touch with a doctor, because their schedules are extremely busy </li></ul>
  5. 5. Finally! <ul><li>At last and to my great relief, my classmate Mari Gallegos helped me to make plans to shadow her mother, Dr. Angela Nossett </li></ul><ul><li>Dr. Nosset works at both a public clinic and a private clinic </li></ul><ul><li>I was able to follow her in the private clinic, but gain insight into public clinics as well because of her work experience. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Public vs. Private <ul><li>Confidentiality regulations within Public </li></ul><ul><ul><li>These protect the privacy of patients almost to a fault </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Procedural regulations within Private </li></ul><ul><ul><li>There is extensive paperwork for the doctors to get permission to administer medications, which delays how quickly the patient receives medicine. </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Dr Nossett <ul><li>I was able to sit in on all of her patient sessions </li></ul><ul><li>Patients tended to be unperturbed by my presence, so I got a genuine glimpse at patient-doctor interaction. </li></ul><ul><li>I admired the highly respectful way in which Dr. Nossett approached each of her patients’ ailments. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Dr Nevarez <ul><li>Dr Nossett referred me to a fellow doctor, Dr Theresa Nevarez in Harbor City. </li></ul><ul><li>I shadowed Dr Nevarez in a public clinic, so I was confined to her office due to confidentiality restrictions </li></ul><ul><li>Nevertheless, she and one of the residents took the time to talk to me about their careers, and some of the cases that they are treating right now. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Harbor City <ul><li>Demographics: </li></ul><ul><li>White 48.02% </li></ul><ul><li>Black 13.74% </li></ul><ul><li>Asian 13.94% </li></ul><ul><li>American Indian 0. 42% </li></ul><ul><li>Other 23.88% </li></ul><ul><li>Hispanic 46.43% </li></ul>&quot;Harbor City, CA Detailed Profile.&quot; Harbor City, California (CA) Community Profile: City Data, Resources, Demographics. Fast Forward, Inc. 1 June 2007 <>.
  10. 10. Monterey Park <ul><li>Demographics: </li></ul><ul><li>White 21.3% </li></ul><ul><li>Black 0.4% </li></ul><ul><li>Asian 61.8% </li></ul><ul><li>American Indian 0.7% </li></ul><ul><li>Other 12.4% </li></ul><ul><li>Hispanic 28.9% </li></ul>&quot;Profile of General Demographic Characteristics (Population Data).&quot; City of Monterey Park - Homepage. 2000. U.S. Census Bureau. 1 June 2007 <>.
  11. 11. Resident Lecture <ul><li>I attended a lecture in Harbor City that was designed as an educational lecture for the residents </li></ul><ul><li>It was divided into three sections, all instructional: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Foot ulcers, and what bandages are on hand in the hospital to treat them </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Analyses by the residents of medical articles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Case studies, in which the residents examined ER cases and how the attending doctor handled them </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Surprises <ul><li>To be able to sit in with the patients while shadowing Dr Nossett was a great surprise </li></ul><ul><li>While shadowing Dr Nevarez, I was surprised at the amount of advice that I received </li></ul>