So, you will be the first doctor in your family, huh? Join the club. Let me just say, I’ve had those thoughts where I wished there was a doctor in my family so I could ask them countless questions. Have you done that too? I know you a probably thinking that things would be so much easier if that were the case. You could get a lot of shadowing done, gain clinical experience, tap into their network, etc… That is true. But, you can do all of that and more even if you don’t have a doctor in your family.
So, in this post I want to share with you how I gained shadowing experience without having a doctor in my family and how I honestly think that you can do the same with a clear action plan.
FIRST, HAVE YOU MAPPED OUT YOUR NETWORK?
No? Ok, get a out a sheet of paper OR skip down to the end of this post and download the worksheet. If you are like me and thought you didn’t have a network just because there were not any doctors in your family, girl you are not thinking deep enough! Don’t feel bad, I did the same thing! It’s ok! Don’t fret!
Here’s what ya do! It’s real simple! On that sheet of paper or the worksheet, write down the names of your parents physicians (include the names of their specialist as well)! I am guessing you have a PCP (primary care physician), write his/her name down too. Can you see where I am going with this?