Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012
For Medical Students
Why you should keep a clean social media presence
Twitter and Facebook users beware: If you're applying for medical school or residency, unprofessional information on your social media profile can compromise your chances of admission, according to a recent study published in the Postgraduate Medical Journal.
The study, which surveyed 600 responses from U.S. medical school admissions officers and residency program directors, found that a minority of programs and schools routinely use social networking websites in the selection process. At the same time, 64 percent of respondents were familiar with searching individual social media profiles, and more than half felt that unprofessional information on an applicant's profile could compromise their admission into medical school or residency.
The study highlights the importance of keeping a clean and professional social media profile, especially as a medical student or resident. Adriana Tobar, MD, of KevinMD.com has provided some helpful tips on how to maintain one's social media presence, while also staying professional and compliant with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. Her tips include taking a moment to reflect before posting anything online and establishing separate personal and professional accounts.
Apply for an AMA medical student leadership position
Are you interested in taking on a leadership role within the AMA? The AMA Medical Student Section is accepting applications for eight leadership positions now through Jan. 31.
Six AMA councils, the AMA Foundation Board of Directors and the Liaison Committee on Medical Education are looking for medical student leaders to serve from June 2013 to June 2014. Learn more about these opportunities to make a positive impact on the medical profession.
Current medical student representatives are happy to answer questions or provide additional information about their positions. A list of these representatives and their email addresses is available online.
CDC offers eight fellowships in applied epidemiology
Medical students who are considering a career in public health or practicing with a broad, analytic perspective have an opportunity to acquire hands-on experience through a fellowship with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Eight rising third- and fourth-year medical students will be selected for The CDC Experience Applied Epidemiology Fellowship, a 10- to 12-month program at the CDC's Atlanta headquarters that allows students to carry out epidemiologic analyses in various areas of public health.
Areas of concentration have included air pollution and respiratory health, birth defects, cardiovascular health, foodborne diseases, injury prevention, sexually transmitted diseases, tuberculosis and viral diseases.
Application materials for the 2013–2014 fellowship year are due Dec. 7. Visit the CDC website to learn more and apply.
Fellows receive a stipend to help cover living expenses. Questions may be emailed to the fellowship program.
Specialty resource guide can help with career decisions
AMA medical student members have exclusive access to a specialty resource guide that can help with selecting a career path.
Choosing a Medical Specialty: The AMA's Resource Guide for Medical Students offers detailed snapshots of the most common specialties and subspecialties with data from the Graduate Medical Education Directory, FREIDA Online® and specialty associations. Specialty summaries include skills required to succeed in a specialty, interaction with common types of patients, guidance about work-life balance and more. AMA members can log in to access the guide.