Colline Foundation's Haiti International Clinical Apprenticeship Program (HICAP) is a clinical observership. This shadowing experience enables pre-medical students to observe procedures and surgeries in one of the most challenging healthcare systems in the world. Program participants will learn directly from physicians as they care for some of the western hemisphere's neediest patients.
Shadowing can be a deciding factor in getting into medical school and Colline Foundation's HICAP Program provides pre-med students with the most immersive shadowing opportunity available. Shadowing is the act of following a physician as he/she does his/her typical work activities in a clinic or hospital setting. You might ask why this experience can be so important. First, it may be the defining experience which tells you whether or not you want to be a physician.
Shadowing gives you a very tangible sense of what life is like for a practicing physician. Through working alongside a physician, you can get a unique insight into what happens in a day in the life of a physician. You get a sense of what it’s like working with patients, working with other health care practitioners (nurses, PAs, and others), and what the challenges and rewards are of working in the medical profession.
Shadowing can also be crucial for a second reason: Having clinical experience like this lets admissions committees know that you understand that you have some understanding of what you are getting into. It also shows admissions officers your commitment to a medical career because you have taken initiative in learning about being a physician prior to applying to medical school.