MDU 4004 – Physician Shadowing

Due to precautions in response to COVID-19, MDU4004 will not be held during the upcoming Summer 2020 semester, as shadowing opportunities will not be able to be guaranteed. The next semester the course will be offered will be Fall 2020, and the official application for Fall will be uploaded in June. However, you may refer to the sample application here if you would like to begin to prepare materials, as the requirements seldom change. However, it will be important to refer to the Fall application in the future when finalizing your application for submission.
Offered: Fall 2020
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: I. Minimum 3.3 GPA after 30 UF credits
II. MDU 4003 with an average of at least 90%
Professor: Michael Shapiro, M.D.
Coordinator: Lacie Lazaroe, M.S.
Registration: By application & acceptance only

Contact: Lacie Lazaroe, Graduate Teaching Assistant:


Building on coursework from MDU 4003: Introduction to the Medical Professions, MDU 4004: Physician Shadowing allows students to shadow a doctor in various fields of medicine. In addition to online didactics related to patient privacy, professionalism, and compassion, students will gain hands-on experience by shadowing a practicing physician at UF Health. This class is a great CV builder and provides undergraduate students a unique opportunity to observe patient care.. Student’s grades are based on a few essays and quizzes, as well as a “professionalism” grade rated by the doctor being shadowed. Students who have completed/are in the process of completing MDU 4003 must submit an application to be accepted into MDU 4004.

 To start course: This course is now offered in Canvas. In order to access this course, please go to and click “e-learning in Canvas.” Please log in with your Gatorlink and password. Your courses should be listed on the top of the screen when you click on “Courses.”