How much do schools care about shadowing if you have good clinical experience?

How is shadowing even relevant if you have clinical experience? I could have sworn I saw on the AAMC website that clinical hours could be a suitable substitute for shadowing. Volunteer at a hospital and you will see what the doctors do, how they act, what they think etc. Having patient interaction is so much more valuable imo. There are too many premeds who have the social ability of a wet sock. No matter what you specialize in, you should be counting on interacting with patients and be damn good at it.

Like, how tf do you find a doctor and time to shadow for 50+ hours in lieu of volunteering, studying, working etc. Who other than a family friend would let someone follow them around for that long?

End rant.

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