The goal of AED’s shadowing initiative is to provide students with shadowing opportunities in the Tuscaloosa community and knowledge on how to obtain shadowing experiences. The AED officers believe the skills needed to obtain shadowing opportunities on your own as well as the initiative to do so play an integral part in becoming a successful medical school applicant. Please see links and opportunities below!

To gain shadowing experience through AED, we ask you to fill out the application linked below and complete the online HIPAA training. PLEASE SEND THE COMPLETED APPLICATION AND HIPAA  ACKNOWLEDGEMENT FORM TO or We will then attempt to find your shadowing placement in a timely manner.

AED Member Shadowing Application

HIPAA Training

Specialty Aptitude Test:

-This test can be used as a resource to direct you to what types of physicians you might be most interested in shadowing.  This test is by no means an end all be all to what specialty you should pursue in the future.

Specialty Aptitude Test

Summer Opportunities List -Provided by John Hopkins University  

 AED Shadowing Questionnaire:

Please fill out the following questionnaire to provide us with your feedback about how you feel about shadowing. Your responses will remain anonymous and will help to shape the Shadowing Initiative!


If you have specific questions, feel free to email Abby Rentschler ( or Mary Muffly (


Obtaining meaningful shadowing experiences is not as easy as it may seem. However, we are here to help you gain the insight and confidence needed to seek shadowing opportunities and have provided helpful links below:

Want to Shadow

Shadowing Etiquette

Explore Health Careers

SMDEP: The Summer Medical and Dental Education Program


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