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ShaD.O.w Program

Our ShaD.O.w Program offers high-achieving high school students who have an interest in the medical profession the opportunity to experience a day with a medical student at RowanSOM. As the health care landscape changes, many Americans are pursuing an osteopathic path to becoming a physician. With a focus on the whole patient and a mind, body, spirit inclusive approach to treatment, this growing medical field is answering a call to serve diverse populations in a variety of communities. The ShaD.O.w Program highlights the importance of osteopathy in healthcare and share the journey of a medical student.

A one-day ShaD.O.w experience includes:

  • Participants arrive at the time of the medical student’s first daily scheduled class.
  • Attend any lectures/labs with the medical student throughout the day.
  • Optional attendance in gross anatomy lab (during spring semester).
  • Eat lunch with medical students, which offers a window into social dynamics on campus.

Selection and Application Information

Attributes for high school students who are interested in the program include:

  • “A” and “Honors” track students currently enrolled in an anatomy or biology course, who are also interested in pursuing health care as a future career.
  • Students must be in good academic standing in science, as certified by their nominating teacher (on application).
  • Students must demonstrate a level of maturity deemed appropriate by their science teachers to participate in this program.
  • Students must complete a short application form and have it signed by a parent and nominating teacher before entering our ShaD.O.w Program.