Out of the “Shadow”

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Tyler Dann, ’21, College of Science assistant dean Kathleen Kolberg, Alex Nisbet ’21 and Leah Gudex ’21 in Jordan Hall of Science. (Photo by Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame)

Tyler Dann, ’21, College of Science assistant dean Kathleen Kolberg, Alex Nisbet ’21 and Leah Gudex ’21 in Jordan Hall of Science. (Photo by Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame)

When Dr. Matthew Molloy ’10 was a student at the University of Notre Dame, he knew he had to participate in some form of “job shadowing” where he followed a physician around for a day or more, asking questions and watching the doctor’s interaction with patients.

“I think those shadowing experiences can be so variable,” said Molloy, now a pediatric hospitalist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. “Some people can have an awesome shadowing experience, but I almost felt I was doing it a little to check a box.”

Most people who shadow can’t delve into how doctors think, and are exposed to only one type of medicine. Also, if a doctor had a busy day, it can be difficult to ask questions or get advice. In 2020, the practice came to a screeching halt anyway because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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