To SDN with love

October 23, 2012

If you are a pre-health student and you’re not familiar with studentdoctor.net (SDN) then please keep reading. I think it is easily the largest and most popular, comprehensive website for students who plan a career that involves a hospital or taking care of people whether that is as a nurse, dentist, physician, PA, NP, optometrist, chiropractor.   I’m not exactly sure how I heard about SDN, but it has definitely been an asset to me throughout my journey.  At one point, I even blogged for them when I was a first year medical student.

So here’s to you SDN, thank you for offering countless future and current healthcare professionals with invaluable information about to get in, stay in, and then thrive in the fields we have chosen.

Nine Reasons why SDN is awesome

  1. Provides  information for  many healthcare professions, not just medicine and dentistry.
  2. It connects so many different people and ideas.
  3. It’s a repository of information, opinions and perspectives.  You can post a question there and in days people from all over the world will offer their best advice ( good or bad) about what you may be growing through.
  4. The premedical glossary (LINK IT)   For the newbies who might need a little help deciphering all some of the many unapproved abbreviations in medicine.
  5. There’s practical information for what students are facing.  Like this (Best practices for overcoming obstacles)
  6. It connects you with people privately ( because in medicine, its not always easy to admit that you feel less than confident) and so you are reminded that you are not alone.  There’s always someone to celebrate with you, or nothing like realizing that you aren’t the only one who has an occasional crappy day.
  7. The  interview feedback section. Although each individual experience is different, it can offer some insight into what to expect and what hurdles other people faced, so you don’t make those same mistakes or get caught off guard.
  8. The resources, information, and forums, don’t stop when you’re done with undergrad.  There are resources for medical students, residents, and professionals as well.
  9. Physician Profiles.  I am a big proponent of learning from the experiences of others who have gone before us and are doing something we aspire to do.

Getting Acquainted With the AAMC

September 22, 2011

So, you’re thinking about going to medical school huh?  Well let me introduce you to the American Academy of Medical Colleges , an organization you will become all too familiar with over the next few years. The AAMC is a great resource for anyone with even a tinge of interest in medical education to the seasoned pro who’s preparing to enter residency.  Regardless of which of the categories you fall into, the AAMC has something for you.

Thinking about medicine, but not quite sure?

Exploring the medical career  is just for you!    Its an excellent resource that asks the basic questions that everyone should consider early on when deciding to pursue medicine.  It explores the characteristics, basics of daily living for physicians. It provides cues and things to consider for those who are early in the decision making process before they

Decided, but need help navigating the process?

At the Applying to Medical School tab ,  you will find information on financial aid,  a four year application timeline, and general admission requirements, as the site attempts to walk you through what can be a tedious process.  As you start to consider which medical schools you will apply to, the Medical School Directory is an invaluable resource. There you can search for schools by class size, city, public vs private, etc.  You also get information on the cost of tuition, and application deadlines.  As you narrow you schools down, you can mark favorites and compare institutions.

You’re in, but residency and a career are just around the corner…

Careers in Medicine is for you.  At the  Careers in medicine site, you’ll find statistics, and descriptions regarding the different specialties.   This is actually a great resource that can be used at any stage in the medical education process.  You will definitely make use of the Loan calculator and organizer feature and the link to Loan Forgiveness programs, for when it comes time to pay those loans back.
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Charles Collins M.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, talking with students at the AAMC’s annual minority medical school fair in 2010.

Bonus Features

Into numbers?  Interested in data on the racial, gender demographics in medicine?   That information is here too.  (I”ll be talking about one very interesting statistic, that involves our illustrious school / alma mater, Oakwood University in a few weeks.
One of my FAVORITE features is the link to Aspiringdocs.org.  This is part of an initiative by the AAMC to address the need for diversity ( racially, and academic background) in healthcare.  I think this site is good for so many reasons.
Some  features of the site include:

Inspiring Stories,  where,  like the name suggests, current medical students and graduates who have gone the nontraditional route or overcome great obstacles along their journey share their stories of hope and triumph.  I know for me,  a major motivator to complete a task, is knowing that ordinary people just like had done it before.   If you’re like me, these profiles will give you that extra boost to keep your going.

Expert Advice  answers reader questions on topics that range from how to handle having a family in medical school, to financial aid and post bacc programs.  Think of it as a mini FAQs section of each of the topics presented.

As, you can see, there’s a little bit of something for everyone, regardless of your stage in the medical education process. Take some time  in the near future and peruse the site, and be sure to reference it as you go along your journey. I’m sure you’ll find something of value.

Have a productive weekend,

HealthOU