Pre-med forums are tricky beasts. They have a huge allure for students desperate for information, validation, or even just commiseration. Preparing for and applying to medical school can be emotionally taxing, socially isolating, confusing, intimidating, stressful, and expensive. It’s natural for students to seek out advice wherever they can find it, and to try to surround themselves with people they believe are going through (or have gone through) the same things they’re experiencing. The fact that such forums are free, easily accessible, and have a perceived sense of authority about them makes them all the more attractive. However, there are many reasons students should be wary of pre-med forums, even above and beyond the fact that much of the advice found there is frequently cringe-worthy for those who are admissions experts.
This is an article written from a place of love. The intention here isn't to "throw shade", or even to suggest that "we-and-only-we" can give you the advice, information, and guidance needed to help you maximize your chances of getting into medical school. There are lots of options out there, and you should choose the ones that work most effectively for you. The intention here, rather, is to issue words of caution to students who have big dreams and who want to know and do everything they can to make those dreams reality. There is a wealth of free, reliable, expert advice on medical school admissions out there, composed and distributed by people who are deeply devoted to student success. With all of that available, there really isn't a need to frequent spaces that are prone to error, misinformation, or inaccuracy, even if that information is given in good faith (and that's a pretty substantial "if"). If you're looking for a space to connect with others who are going through the same things you're going through, that's understandable, and I'll speak more to that momentarily. If you're looking for actionable advice, though, pre-med forums are simply not the best resources out there, and they can do as much harm as good.
Peer Review vs. Peer Support
If you’ve ever seen a professor’s eyes pop and jaw drop in abject horror upon seeing a student essay citing Wikipedia, then you may already have an implicit understanding of a key reason pre-med forums are so problematic.
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In this blog post, I’ll share my opinion based on publicly available information I have found about Atlantis and their overseas shadowing program.
Atlantis – formerly, the “Atlantis Project” – is a company that facilitates overseas shadowing opportunities for aspiring medical students. Working with hospitals and practices in a number of European and South American countries, like Italy, Spain, Poland, Greece, Croatia, and Ecuador, to name a few, this company arranges 2-8 week summer and winter physician shadowing programs for students in a number of specializations. This blog includes what I learned about Atlantis/the Atlantis Project, its cost and purpose, and some important things to consider if you’re thinking about using this service or pursuing other overseas shadowing opportunities. Gaining shadowing experience is indeed worthwhile and can help build your CV in advance of applying to medical school; however, the question remains, is it worth gaining such experience overseas, and do the financial costs justify the actual benefits in terms of enhancing your application?
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This blog lists the medical schools located in Arkansas and outlines some features of the state which you should consider if you are applying to a medical school in Arkansas.
A prospective student should consider studying at Arkansas's medical school if you are particularly interested in rural medicine and working with underserved populations. Much of Arkansas's population is spread out in smaller cities and towns, allowing one to learn more about the unique patient presentations that arise when practicing rural and remote medicine.
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This blog lists the medical schools located in Nevada and outlines some features of the state which you should consider if you are applying to a medical school in Nevada.
Nevada features the large, metropolitan areas of Las Vegas and Reno, as well as many smaller, more rural communities, allowing you to gain exposure to both urban and rural medicine. Nevada is also an ideal state to study if you are interested in geriatrics, as it features a large population of retired and senior individuals.
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