Websites to Check Out

This is the third and final post of a series featuring twitter users, medical student bloggers, and now websites for those in the medical field (and particularly pre-med and medical students). Check these out!

Sites that are good resources:

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The American Recall Center provides drug and medical device recall information alongside practical healthcare information and support. They aim to build the most comprehensive resource on the Internet for timely and trusted material regarding healthcare topics that matter to the consumer. From problematic prescriptions to the latest hip replacement recalls, the team at ARC is dedicated to helping consumers find accurate information with ease. A unique feature is Patient Safety Alerts, customizable notifications sent directly to the patient on drugs and medical devices that matter to them.

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Medical School Headquarters is a great site for pre med and medical students. The site features a one-stop shop for pre-medical information, Pre-Med 101, and there’s a lot of information for medical students as well. So take a break from all of your reading, and take a listen to one of their 60 (and counting) podcasts and look into the Medical School Headquarters Academy as well.

Screen shot 2014-01-10 at 2.24.09 PMLean On is a brand new company founded and ran by current med students. Since these students have recently gone through the medical school application process, their experience is fresh in their minds and they know what the current applicant and matriculate pools are like. The company features personal statement editing and Skype consults with a portion of the money going back to current medical students.

Screen shot 2014-01-10 at 2.24.29 PMThe Almost Doctor’s Channel features articles written for medical and pre-medical students by primarily medical and pre-medical students. The pieces cover a whole range of areas including med school, research, global, tech, policy, lifestyle, and study break.

Screen shot 2014-01-10 at 2.28.55 PMin-Training is an online magazine founded and written by medical students for medical students. Many of the writers are columnists with articles in their specific area such as The Med School Cookbook, Bridging the Gap, and The Making of a Medic.

Screen shot 2014-01-10 at 2.30.30 PMPremed Life Magazine is a website featuring articles for pre-med students. In particular, this is a great site for articles regarding preparing for the MCAT,  going through the medical school application process, and opportunities available for pre-med students to get experience and become more prepared for medical school.

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Accepted is a site featuring helpful tips for applications to MBA, medical school, law school, graduate school, and college admissions. In particular, their Medical School Admissions 101 pages were extremely helpful for me when I was going through the application process (in particular, 5 Fatal Flaws to Avoid in Your Medical School Essays).

Sites that are entertaining:

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#Whatshouldwecallgradschool is a tumblr site that features funny Gifs that grad students can definitely relate to! It is frequently updated with new Gifs, so there’s pretty much always something new on there. Though it’s focused on life as a graduate student, medical students and pre-meds can surely relate to much of it.

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#whatshouldwecallmedschool, like its grad school counterpart above, features funny Gifs that medical students and pre-meds can relate to!

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Medical School Applicant‘s tumblr page is another one of those funny gif sites by a pre-med student for other pre-med students. In addition to gifs, there are also funny pictures and stories that she posts.

ted collageTed and TedMed are sites featuring videos of short talks given at Ted conferences and smaller affiliate conferences. These talks are persuasive, courageous, ingenious, and inspiring. They cover a wide range of topics from technology, entertainment, design, business, science, and global issues. Ted Med is specific for medical talks given at the yearly Ted Med conference. I can and have spent hours upon hours watching these videos, and highly recommend!

Feel free to comment with other helpful sites!

Hanna is a MD/PhD student at the University of Illinois and an aspiring physician scientist who aims to specialize in hepatobiliary cancers. She is also passionate about teaching, leadership, and advocacy. The energy she once used to pep up crowds as a college marching band member is now directed toward exciting and educating others about science and medicine, especially through her tweets at @MDPhDToBe and her blog at

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