Physician Shadowing/Research Email Templates



Here are two templates you can use to email physicians when inquiring about a potential shadowing or research opportunity!

Tip: Reach out to one physician at a time! I’ve had students mass email a bunch of physicians who all replied and the students had to turn down some of these opportunities!


Physician Shadowing Email Template

Dear Dr. ________,

My name is _________ and I am a junior and pre-med student at __________. I am planning to apply to medical school ___(year of application)___.

I am emailing you today to inquire about a potential shadowing opportunity with you. My interest in _____(their field)______ stems from my experience in ____________. My goals for shadowing a physician are to gain more knowledge of your daily responsibilities, to learn about your experience in medicine as well as to receive any advice you may have for a career in medicine.

If possible, I would like to shadow you for a few hours once a week or whenever is best for your schedule. I know you are incredibly busy, so I understand if you cannot offer this at this time. Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to hearing from you.

Best regards,

Name
___(degree, major)___, Class of ___(graduation year)___


Research Opportunities Email Template

Dear Dr. ____________,

My name is _______ and I am a junior and pre-med student at ________. I am planning to apply to medical school ___(year of application)___. I am emailing you today because I am very interested in your research on _______ and would like to see if you are looking for assistance. My interest in this field stems from my experience in ____________.

Please let me know if you have any positions available. I am available to meet to discuss further on _________ or we can coordinate via email. I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Best Regards,

Name
___(degree, major)___, Class of ___(graduation year)___


Hope this was helpful! Also, check out this blog post to get advice on how to get the most from your shadowing experience!


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