6 Medical Student Blogs You Should Read if You’re Pre-Med

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Medical student blogs are a great resource of information for prospective and current students. They are invaluable in providing insight into the experience of other students and revealing strategies and knowledge that might not be obvious.

We’ve put together a list of our 6 favorites medical school bloggers (and schools), and made sure to include a good post to start with.

Medical Student Blogs

Natalia Birgisson, M.D. Candidate at Stanford University

This blog caught my eye because Natalia is straight forward about what sets her apart from a typical med student. Her “about” page simply states her numerous unique attributes. For example, it mentions that she’s the “second Venezuelan-Icelander in recorded history” and she took a break from medical school to write her debut novel. Her background as a novelist shines in her blog posts. She covers touching topics in an impactful way as she details her experiences in the medical field – definitely a spectacular voice that is worth following.

I recommend starting with her post “When the delivery goes wrong: A med student’s reflections”. It’s well-written, informative, and a touching story. It’s an example of the memorable events that med students will experience during their education.


Dose of Reality; University of Michigan Medical School Blog

Unlike other blogs that follow one student, this blog is a collection of posts from students in the University of Michigan community. As a result, you don’t see posts detailing the weird happenings of that week. This blog consists of emotional pieces that show how much an experience moved a student during their medical school tenures. These highly personal entries show an insight into how important the medical profession truly is.

Overall, this blog is an amazing hodgepodge of thoughts from a wide range of people that any med student can relate to. I’d recommend scrolling through old entries and reading any piece with a title that catches your eye.

A great post to start with is “Learning From My First Patient” by Alyssa Warburton. It details her experience talking with the family of a person that donated their body to science and research. It’s short, sweet, and moving.


 

TheBrittnyWay

TheBrittnyWag is a blog by YouTube content creator and blogger Brittny Randolph. She details her journey in medical school, studying for the MCAT, tips for interviews, MCAT preparation and more. Brittny goes into detail about several aspects of her life in a way that is concise and informational.

Furthermore, Brittny had a very unorthodox journey to med school which gives her a unique perspective. She is a person in the med school system but not the typical straight-A student. She also details fashion, lifestyle, and beauty tips on her blog and YouTube channel.

There are two blog posts that I would recommend to start at. In “My Nontraditional Premed Journey (Timeline)” she lists her experience in a bullet point summary that is quick to gloss over. Despite the simplicity, it reveals her struggles and how she overcame them. I’d also recommend “True Life of A First Year Medical Student” where she introduces what it’s like in med school and breaks down her schedule. This gives a solid view into how you can allocate time in your first year of med school.


KevinMD

This blog focuses on a plethora of voices in the medical field. There are blog posts from medical students, physicians, nurses, and patients on a wide range of medical related topics. This blog can offer you a deep dive into medical technologies that will disrupt certain types of care or it can discuss the importance of a doctor’s bedside manner. The information on this blog is boundless, and there is sure to be a blog post on any topic from a wide variety of perspectives.

Just to show the variety of this blog, I suggest checking out two very different posts. “5 Ways For Physicians to Fight Burnout” by Stephanie Wellington is a helpful piece that suggests practical tips for physicians dealing with career disillusionment. On the other hand, there are pieces like “The Conflict Between Pharmacists and Their Corporate Superiors” by Vamsi Arbindi that discuss incentive issues in the medical industry. Two very different pieces that are both valuable!


StorytellERdoc

This medical blog is stories from an emergency room physician of 22 years. The interesting thing about this blog is the variance in tone since these stories are almost always incredibly heartfelt or downright hilarious. Reading older blog entries is an interesting mix of stories that give an interesting snapshot of the doctor’s day to day life. There is a large backlog of content filled with weird encounters and heartfelt moments.

It’s easy to read through several stories at a time since the blog contrasts tones which keeps the stories fresh. It’s also beneficial to explore the perspective of a long time physician since it will reveal different insights than a current student.

An older post “Defining Emergency” is a humorous look at the ER environment, while his most recent post, “To Care Or Not”, is borderline heartbreaking. These give a good insight into what to expect from the blog, and they are both enjoyable posts to read.


 

MOD MED

MOD MED is a blog written by Mary Ella, a medical student that drinks wine while traveling the world. Mary has been blogging for a long time, so there is a wealth of knowledge from her past experiences in her blog. She discusses each of her clinical rotations and gives insight into what specialties she investigated and her experience in the field.

Her posts give a good idea of what to expect from medical school, from pre-med through clinicals. Overall, this blog is great for understanding the complete experience of a med school student.

To start, I would recommend the FAQ post written by Mary when she was a fourth-year medical student. This post answers a lot of basic questions in a concise, impactful manner. It also links to other helpful entries she’s had in the past that may detail specific situations that you may currently be in.