Arrive early, be professional, and courteous.
Students visiting the practice of a DPM should come with questions about the preparation and scope of work that a podiatric physician engages in on a daily basis. You are welcome to inquire about the Mentor’s interest in research, community service or volunteer work. Students are encouraged to ask questions about the DPM’s training and education, continuing education requirements, exams and board certifications.
Be ready to be exposed to the full scope of a medical practice. Please remember you are a guest in the professional office or clinic of your DPM Mentor. You should be familiar with HIPAA and that you may be asked to sign waivers or other forms indicating you’ve been briefed on the specific regulations of the facility you are visiting. He or she may ask you to step out of an exam room at any time and for any reason if he or she believes patient care is being compromised. The DPM Mentor will rejoin you once he or she is available.
Before you leave, thank the DPM you’ve spent time with and ask if there is another opportunity to visit in the future. When you feel the Mentor can assess your preparation for admissions, you may ask them to provide a letter or reference or a letter of shadowing. Well-prepared students bring a stamped, addressed envelope to give the Mentor when requesting a letter of reference.