One of the many unique features of Johns Hopkins is its voluntary January term called Intersession. This three week period between winter break and spring semester provides students with the opportunity to take classes typically not offered during the regular academic year for free! Taking classes on campus is not the only option for students; Intersession Abroad Programs are also available, and one can always stay at home for an extended winter break.
A great opportunity during Intersession is to shadow a doctor at Johns Hopkins Medical Institute. JHU sophomore Trisha (blog: Welcome to Lalaland) has been able to do so since last year, and gets to observe patient-doctor interactions hands-on. Here is how she describes her experiences:
While it can be daunting at first to be around residents and doctors, but it can be surprising to see how open they are to answering any of your questions. It is really rewarding to be able to use what you have learned in class during the semester when looking at patients imaging results. There is also a lot to learn; watching the doctors performing their examinations is a great and unique experience.
There are several ways to begin shadowing; I simply emailed a doctor at the medical campus, but others sign up for Medical Tutorials. There is a short application students must submit to be able to do one. You can even register for them as a class! Medical Tutorials are also available to students during the semester. Getting to JHMI is a short bus ride away.