The pilot session of Apollo consisted of 20 students from four area high schools: Conrad Schools of Science, As the leaves were starting to change in mid-October, the Apollo team conducted its first Educational Information Session at MSD, with a trio of Past Presidents carrying the education mantel. MSD Past President Prayus Tailor, MD discussed the various types of medicine, MSD Past President Nancy Fan, MD informed the students about the DIMER program, and MSD Past President Dr. Kahlon moderated the session and led the training on HIPAA.
Using an online sign-up system that tracked the list of available physicians and available time slots, the participating high school students were able to individually choose their shadow doctor (and specialty). In preparation for the shadow day, students were given a primer that contained basic information about each physician’s specialty.
This included information such as what the specialty covers, common conditions, and common treatments, giving students a chance to prepare before their shadow day. For the physicians, all student documentation was provided before the shadowing day so that the physicians only hosted students who had appropriate documentation, specialty-specificn education, and formal HIPAA training. The pilot session of the Apollo physician shadowing experiences took place in November — just three months after the first planning meeting!
Reviews and Outcomes
To better gauge student feedback of the pilot, surveys were sent after the initial Educational Information Session and again after the shadow date. The responses were overwhelmingly positive, with 93% of the participants stating they would recommend the program. The top suggestion from students was to increase the number of shadowing experiences offered from more than just one per student. One of the main goals of the program was to increase the students’ knowledge about the physician career path in medical education, and 100% of the students who responded to the survey agreed that the program had accomplished this goal.