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Submitted by dmyhre on Mon, 03/27/2017 - 3:49pm
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Through the shadowing experience, first year students get the chance to see what rural medicine is like. They get the opportunity to shadow a rural doctor (most probably in ER) for a shift or more (mostly on weekends). Although the "Shadowing Experience" is not a part of the academic requirements of first year, student who completes 30+ hours of rural shadowing will receive a recognition letter from the DLRI Associate Dean, Dr. Doug Myhre. The letter goes in the student's file in UME.

The Undergraduate Medical Education (UME) Program is supportive of rural shadowing and recognizes the value to students.  Only Canadian shadowing experiences that are registered in OSLER qualify. Rural skills weekends do not qualify for this recognition.

The shadowing Process is as follows:

Procedure

  1. If you are aiming for the “Dean’s Rural Shadowing Recognition Letter”, you must complete +30 hours of rural shadowing between starting medical school in July and by the first day of second year (start of Course 4).
  2. You MUST complete the “DLRI Rural shadowing form #1 FIRST and submit to DLRI. (Blank forms available at DLRI office and at the bottom of this page for downloading). This must be submitted in person.  This form allows for insurance coverage to be extended to this shadowing experience.
  3.  You will then be included on an email list and receive an email whenever new shifts are available. Monitor your email closely and reply to the sender in a timely manner, as the spots are on “first come, first serve basis.”  Everyone wants a time away from exams!
  4. You will receive a confirmation email with shift details and forms to fill out. Complete all forms requested and return promptly. Keep all confirmation emails
  5.  You MUST complete the online approval request form located in OSLER (for each rural experiencehttps://osler.ucalgary.ca/ under the "Admin Tab" called Manage Shadowing.  By doing so, you meet liability and worker’s compensation requirements. 
  6. Then, form #2 will be sent via email to learners later in the year.
  7.  Form #2 MUST be completed and submitted within 30 days of starting your second year. Include all ‘email confirmations’ that were sent to you for each shift you did. Which means that you have up to 3 months after the last shift you do to submit the form #2 which earns you the letter.  It must be handed into the DLRI office in person. Emails will not be accepted.
  8. Please download the waiver form attached below and drop it off or email it to Rachel rmexpenses@ucalgary.ca

Note

Shadowing must not be organized during scheduled class time.

Students are permitted to complete shadowing over the Spring/Winter break

Rural skills weekends do not qualify for this letter.

Please check Undergraduate Medical Education - UME page for more information and for exact dates on Winter and Spring breaks

If you have any questions, please feel free to drop by HMRB G10 or contact Rachel by email: rmexpenses@ucalgary.ca or by phone: 403-210-6546

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