Student-Athlete Participant Expectations

As a student participant…


AMMP will put you in contact with Harvard student-athlete alumni who are interested in allowing you to shadow them for one day. These physicians are excited to be a part of AMMP, and we are very appreciative of the time and efforts they can provide.

Here is how it works:

  1. Become a member! - Attend an information session or contact
  2. Browse our database of Harvard Varsity Club alumni in the medical field and find doctors that match your location and interests.     
  3. Fill out the match preferences form with your top five preferences.
  4. An AMMP board member will connect you and one of your preference doctors via email.
  5. Shadow your assigned doctor for one day.
  6. Fill out a post-visit report telling us about your experience!

Visits can last from a few hours to an entire day depending on how much time each physician has to offer. Depending on each hospital's policy, we cannot guarantee that students will be able to enter the operating room. We want to encourage productive, meaningful visits that encourage our program for the future!

Physicians will typically bring you around the office with them to see patients, read charts, interpret MRIs, and learn some types of treatments. You will most likely follow the physician around and stand courteously behind him or her while in the room with patients. You are expected to be a respectful and intensive listener who proudly represents Harvard student-athletes.

Patient Privacy

Observational visits will often include shadowing clinicians or surgeons throughout their daily appointments with patients. It is important to familiarize yourself with hospital safety protocols before meeting with the physician. This includes respecting the privacy of patients and employees and adhering to patient confidentiality and protected health information as outlined in Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). HIPAA regulations can be found online at the HIPAA website . You should not discuss any patient health information with anyone except the physician.

Dress Code

You may be required to dress in a white lab coat and/or carry ID with you. Please dress appropriately in business attire. This means no sneakers or open toed shoes, no athletic wear, and no denim. It is also handy to carry around a miniature notepad to write down questions that may arise during your visit which can be discussed after patient appointments.


-ask questions, physicians want to know you are interested in learning!
-take notes on items to research later
-pay for your own meals in order to comply with NCAA regulations!
-send a thank you note to the physician after your visit

Do Not

-discuss patient health information in a public area
-offer your diagnostic opinion in front of a patient unless asked to do so by a physician
-allow alumni to buy you meals!
-take pictures in the office

If you are interested in joining AMMP, learning more about the program, or know someone who would be interested, please do not hesitate to contact us! 



The AMMP Board

Interested in becoming a member of AMMP? Contact AMMP!