Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University

Office of Student Affairs & Career Counseling
Shadowing & Faculty Mentors

Clinical Observation & Practice Program (COPP)

There are four COPP visits required for the Introduction to Clinical Medicine (ICM) course. Two must be in primary care specialties, though you should arrange extra visits in a variety of fields.

The clinical exposure you will receive during your third-year clerkships involves in-depth experience (six or 12 weeks) in only seven specialties, with shorter (three week) experiences in two subspecialties, one of which must be in a surgical subspecialty.

Fields such as Psychiatry, Nuclear Medicine, Radiation Oncology, Emergency Medicine, Radiology, Anesthesia, Orthopaedics, Ophthalmology and many more are available for you to explore by shadowing SKMC faculty (PDF).

Clinical Shadowing & Mentors Program

The Clinical Shadowing and Mentors Program is run through the Office of Student Affairs, and provides first and second-year medical students with shadowing and long-term mentorship opportunities with Jefferson Faculty Physicians. The Program seeks to provide students the freedom to contact physicians in their various fields of their choice.

First and second-years will be given a list where they can freely contact each department’s scheduling coordinator to shadow a physician in that particular department. First-year students will also have the option to choose one of three paths for a more long-term mentor relationship through the Clinical Shadowing and Mentors Program, the American Medical Women's Association (AMWA) or the Office of Diversity. 

Shadowing vs. Mentoring

Shadowing a physician includes observing how he/she spends his/her day and how he/she interacts and communicates with patients and interacts with the healthcare team. This relationship is short-term and lasts a few hours in the clinic and possibly other times you choose to shadow that same physician. These meetings will take place in the inpatient-setting, outpatient setting or nearby clinic.

mentor refers to an experienced person who can offer advice on your education, future career and networking opportunities (the mentor does not necessarily need to be in the field of your choice). This relationship is long-term and will span from the middle of first year until graduation fourth year. These meetings will most likely take place in an office, lunch or more informal setting. 


Time of Year Event

Early November

Dr. Trayes and liaisons present to first-year students 

Late November

Jefferson Faculty Contact List emailed to first and second-year students and posted on OSACC Website


Email sent to second-year students to choose long-term mentoring path (via Clinical Shadowing and Mentors Program, AMWA or the Office of Diversity)


Mentors assigned to first-year students 

Coordinators & Contacts


Specialty Interest Group Meetings

Each month during the lunch hour, there are informational departmental meetings given about different medical specialties. Most specialies have interest groups with ongoing meetings and presentations on topics that are relevant to the specific specialty. All students are welcome to sit in on these sessions. Watch for email announcements of these events from the Student Council Secretary of Communications.

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