5 Reasons Med Students Should Blog
We’re living in a digital age where the sneezing panda and Charlie biting his brother’s finger are two of the most viewed videos of all time on YouTube. It seems the internet is silly. As an aspiring medical professional, is this the place you want to hang out to impress potential employers? You might be surprised to learn that some medical professionals are already there and writing their own medical blogs. What’s more, your own blog could demonstrate your knowledge and commitment to learning. Not to mention, it could help you land your dream job.
If you feel you’re well-suited to the medical profession and are serious about your career, it doesn’t mean you have to hide a personality behind your white coat. When medical professionals blog, they are very likely to read other people’s blogs too. You can use a medical blog to connect with professionals and exchange ideas with others all around the world. On the internet, your social reach with students and professionals is unlimited. Setting up a blog is easy and it’s one of the fastest, most effective ways to write about your passion and connect with others.
Here are five other reasons why it’s good to blog about your studies:
#1 Learn Even More
You might think a medical blog is a one-way communication tool, but it’s quite the opposite. When you blog about your studies, you’re not documenting what you’ve learned like you would in an essay. You’re opening up a conversation online. The comments section of your medical blog exists to connect with others who have interesting stories. They may be students themselves, doctors, nurses or other medical professionals. They may comment on your grammar because they are a writer. They may be a patient who knows about an illness you report on or it might be someone whose friend is interested in applying to be a med student. Readers may learn from your medical blog, but you may also learn from their contributions.
#2 Show Your Human Side
Medical professionals with authority to prescribe drugs, operate on patients, and make life-saving decisions are sometimes seen to be infallible, but you know that’s not true. To be in a position of authority it takes courage and determination to get there in the first place. A medical blog is a tool that allows medical professionals to show the world that behind the white coat there is a person.
Dr. John Mandrola says that blogging brings out his “gee-whizz self”. He uses his medical blog to educate people en masse via the internet, rather than just one person face to face in a surgery. Compelled to write, Dr Mandrola says he writes a medical blog because he wants to. It can be as simple as that. It’s important to remember that you’re on your way to becoming a medical professional because this is what you are driven to do. Every person is unique and so every blog, including yours, will have a distinct voice with its own story to tell.
#3 Keep a Record
If you haven’t written a blog before, it might sound flighty to you. It’s not an essay and it’s not a book — people can write whatever they want, can’t they? It’s true, they can, but regular internet users and other bloggers know a good blog when they see one. It could be yours. If you hope to educate, inform or entertain other people, you should start by enjoying the process for yourself. If you find the information on your blog to be all of these things, it’s highly likely that others will, too. As each term or topic is over, perhaps even your degree as a whole, you can turn your blog into a book. This can be used as a record of your own journey or, with some careful editing, it could become a reference tool for future use.
#4 Find Mutual Support
The social reach of the internet is far and wide. If you want to exchange ideas about how to study better, who to learn from, where to find information, or the best places to visit for inspiration, the internet offers many med student forums and communities filled with like-minded people. Online communities are especially important when students on your campus are cramming for exams and the social calendar has dried up. When you need to reach out for advice, know you’re not alone. You’ll find students online in forums experiencing exactly the same problem, and they might be able to help you, or at the very least, keep you company while you’re taking a break.
Finding the right online community for you means that you can grow with it. As college life comes to an end, the student bubble pops. You and your friends begin to carve out the path of your professional lives and online communities let you venture far and wide. Through a blogging network you can share common pitfalls as you climb the career ladder and celebrate the good times, too.
#5 Promote Your Work
Training to be a medical professional is hard at times, but you know you have what it takes. In preparation for finding a job at the end of all that study, you want to network along the way. You want something to show future employers. It’s time to sing your own praises in whatever way you feel most comfortable, whether that’s a medical blog about your personal journey or something fun like documenting your student life in comics. Employers want to know that you’re diligent and hard-working, but they also want to know if you’re resilient. They want to know who you are, and it’s important that you have a way to show them.
Don’t Be Afraid to Shine
As a student, this is the time to put yourself out there. There is truth in the saying “you get out what you put in.” Share your blog URL below to build important links, discuss ideas, invite critical feedback, and show the world what you’re made of.