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What does a day in the life look like in the medical world ?

Asked Kankakee, Illinois

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Aly’s Answer

Updated Atlanta, Georgia

Great question. A lot of that depends on what speciality a doctor is in. Some doctors only see patients in an office and have appointments somewhere in the hours of 8 or 9 AM until 5 or 6 PM. Some doctors do procedures and surgeries most of the day, and also spend a few hours in the office seeing patients in follow up or for pre-procedure appointments. The great thing about the medical field is there are many options. You can work in a hospital, outpatient office, or at an academic institution and teach students and residents. Some doctors also work for pharmaceutical or health companies and spend less time seeing patients. I would suggest shadowing doctors in different fields and settings to see what you like best.

Sandhya’s Answer


Hi Daisha! The best way to find out what a medical professional does is talk to and shadow as many as you can. For instance, I'm a physician assistant and I've had students like you come in for the day. If you know any doctors, nurses or other medical people, after checking with mom and dad, see if they'll let you hang out in the office. There's a lot of information on the internet but nothing is like seeing it for yourself. If you old enough, you can think about volunteering in a hospital. That's what I did when I was in high school and before graduate school. Good luck!