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Pediatric Ethicscope: the Journal of Pediatric Bioethics and Pediatric Ethics Physician shadowing

Clinical and Surgical Shadowing: A First-Person Account and Ethical Analysis

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Shadowing has become, if not an explicit requirement, important for medical school admission. Shadowing has come under criticism for undermining bioethical principles such as patient autonomy and privacy. Critics argue the practice of shadowing violates the physician’s fiduciary duty to the patient. These criticisms are largely based either theoretical concerns or anecdote. This account reviews the criticisms of shadowing and assesses the claims.

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