LLAMA: Pre-Medical Student Shadowing Program
What is the LLAMA Program?
LLAMA is a program that provides pre-med college students an opportunity to shadow a Family Medicine physician while learning about the specialty, which provides first contact as well as ongoing and preventive care to patients of all ages.
Why participate in the LLAMA Program?
Shadowing physicians is the best way to determine whether the practice of medicine is a good career fit. Most medical schools require applicants shadow physicians to demonstrate they understand what the practice of family medicine entails.
How is the program structured?
Students are matched with a physician they shadow based on the student’s interests. The setting and patient population the student shadows will depend on the preceptor’s practice. LLAMA also provides the opportunity to be matched with a medical student mentor, research mentor and attend group sessions about important topics in Family Medicine.
Program applications are accepted both Fall and Spring semesters. Eligible students must commit to two consecutive semesters to complete program requirements. Due to the COVID19 pandemic, shadowing is currently postponed. Once the Long School of Medicine allows for visiting students, the program will re-open.