Welcome to PurposeMD
This site is dedicated towards serving medical students and trainees with finding meaning, community, and purpose in school.
All the resources on this site are (and always will be) free. If you are looking for a certain type of content that isn’t currently on this site or are interested in contributing content (e.g. write a guest blog post), please contact us. We’d love to hear from you.
Medical school is less like one experience and more like four separate experiences. Studying for basic science is very distinct from clerkships. Each experience has its challenges and “pains”.
Adjusting to medical school: How do I balance school with lifestyle?
Preclinical learning: How do I develop a study plan that works for me?
Clinical learning (clerkships, Sub-I’s): How do I fit into the care team?
Professional choices & interviewing: How do I make a choice about specialty?
In each phase, we have identified “pain points” and have offered some perspective for you to consider, which we hope will help you to navigate the phase more successfully.
Purpose and Leadership
There’s a whole “other curriculum” around meaning, purpose, and leadership that medical schools generally ignore. We think medical school is the critical time to cultivate one’s meaning and purpose to leverage one’s talents to create a unique vision of oneself as a doctor.
This resource provides a framework for developing your meaning and purpose in medicine.
This section contains useful tools to help medical students create a meaningful experience for themselves while in medical school. How do I create a schedule for myself? How do I create a mission statement? How do I network to develop mentors? How do I interview? (If there is a tool that you would like for us to post, please let us know know)
Browse the set of tools and resources to see which ones might be useful to you for your current phase of medical school
There’s a large community of doctors, educators, and students who care about the development of physician leaders. Engage in the conversation. Develop ties to this community. (If there is a topic that you would like for us to blog about, please let us know)
Check in to the site regularly for new postings
Two weeks ago, a medical student contacted me to seek some career advice. I was prepared to offer my usual reassurance and support, but the advice he was seeking was different. He asked, “Should I take a year off to pursue an internship with a public relations firm?”...
You look down at your notes, organized perfectly from the Subjective information down to the Plan, and feel your palms sweating. Your heart starts to race, your breathing becomes heavier and more laborious. You feel the collective gaze of the clinical staff –...
In my experience, Networking has been neither familiar nor comfortable to most medical students. In my second year I attended a lunch lecture on Leadership, and when the topic of networking arose a first year asked, “isn’t networking kind of like using people?” That...
Why This Website?
This is a resource and blog for medical students. This website is not designed to spoon-feed answers. Rather, it is meant to offer perspective and important tools to trigger the type of professional thinking to make your medical school experience purposeful, and to help you build the foundation for a meaningful career as a physician.
This website was started by Tony and Eli to serve medical students on their journey towards purpose in medicine.