In the latest Med Student Over Easy podcast, our host Andy is joined by good friends Kaitlin Bowers and Tim Montrief to discuss how to market yourself as a medical student.
As a medical student, you will spend a significant amount of time reading, studying, and attending lectures to learn the clinical aspects of medicine. But, what may be just as important is learning how to go about marketing yourself to future employers (residency programs).
There are a few things to keep in mind when marketing yourself:
–Network! Get to know as many people as you can, both inside and outside of your medical school. Attend social events, introduce yourself, and ask other people to help you make connections. Social media is also a great way to connect with people; however, be sure to use it wisely. Keep your professional accounts separate from your personal ones, and don’t post anything that could potentially jeopardize your future career.
–Attend a Conference. Attending an EM conference can be one of the best ways to market yourself! It allows you to interact with residents and faculty from potential programs while getting a better look at the specialty. But, we know that your time and resources as a medical student are essential and not endless. So, plot out the conference portions you will attend to get the most out of your time. Our group suggests planning your time around social events, student-specific content, research presentations, and anytime where you can time with programs.
–Build an impressive resume. When listing activities and experiences, don’t include anything just to include it. Do things you are passionate about and can easily discuss in detail during interviews or rotations. If the question is to do more things or do more of one thing, consider doing more of one activity. Programs LOVE to see passionate students and put that passion into deep involvement in activities around that passion.
–Always be professional. You never know who you might meet or who might be listening, so it’s essential always to present yourself in a positive light. This means refraining from badmouthing anyone, whether it’s another medical student, a resident, or a program outside your own.
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Medical Student Resources you should check out:
- The American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians- Resident and Student Organization:https://acoep-rso.org/
- CORD’s Osteopathic Emergency Medicine Applying Guide: https://www.cordem.org/globalassets/files/student-resources/applying-guide—osteo.pdf
- ALiEM’s EMBound Student Newsletter: https://www.aliem.com/em-bound/
- EMRA’s Medical Student Newsletter: https://www.emra.org/students/newsletter-articles/
- EM Over Easy’s other Med Students Over Easy content: https://emovereasy.com/med-students-over-easy/
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