Shadowing Program

The Agnew Society has developed a shadowing program to encourage and facilitate exploration of surgical careers early in medical education. Through the program, pre-clinical students interested in Surgery will have the opportunity to observe faculty members in the operating room and during office hours. This is a unique opportunity to meet and observe surgical attending physicians and become comfortable in the field, without the pressure of grades or evaluations.

Participating faculty members and their contact information are listed below. Please be sure to contact the surgeon (or their listed contact) in advance and schedule a mutually acceptable time. Please remember to keep your appointment as the faculty members on this list have generously offered their time. To derive the most benefit from your experience, we encourage you to schedule your visit at a time when you can devote at least 2-3 hours.

*Please note that some attendings are only able to accommodate students in the operating room OR during office hours. Secondly, to shadow in the operating room, students MUST complete the Surgery Clerkship “Orientation to the Operating Room” session or choose an attending who does not require the perquisite OR training.

The "Orientation to the Operating Room" sessions are held at the SIM Center at 1800 Lombard Street. For other questions regarding the training sessions, please contact the Surgery Medical Education Coordinator, Patricia Terry, at patricia.prattterry@uphs.upenn.edu. Space is limited to 10 students so please email Patricia immediately if you are interested.

Be sure to dress appropriately for the office (business casual is appropriate) while scrubs are required in the OR. In both settings, a white coat should be worn, and, of course, professional behavior is of utmost importance in any clinical setting.

Any questions?

Contact Patricia Pratt Terry - Undergraduate Medical Education Coordinator