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How to Utilize Reddit as a Pre-Med Student

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About Marissa

Marissa is a recent graduate of Clemson University where she received her B.S. in Health Sciences. During the summer of 2019, Marissa participated in the Atlantis shadowing program in Trento, Italy, and now works as an Alumni Representative with the company. She is currently applying to medical school where she hopes to become a primary care physician.

As a pre-med student, you will have many questions throughout your journey to medical school. This is totally normal since the process to get to medical school is rather difficult and not very straightforward. If you are like me, then you might not have any family members or friends in the medical field which may make you feel isolated during this process. Fortunately, there are entire communities that exist online where you can find all of the help and information you need.

The platform that I really want to highlight is Reddit. Reddit is a collection of forums for people to communicate and learn from. There are thousands of forums to choose from and subscribe to, all you have to do is search a keyword – arts and crafts, for example. As a pre-med student, this is a valuable resource. Since the second that I decided to pursue medicine, I have been using Reddit to study for the MCAT, apply to medical school, and prepare for interviews. 

For the most part, I do believe that many pre-med students understand the importance of utilizing Reddit. However, I also believe that the Reddit interface can be confusing to understand, often deterring students from using it. Luckily for you, I have created a Reddit for dummies, where you can find all of the tips and tricks you need to properly utilize the holy grail of pre-med tools.

Understanding the different subreddits available

There are a variety of forums (more commonly known as “subreddits”) that are geared towards pre-med students, depending on your needs and interests. Listed below are a few of the subreddits I recommend you start with.

  • r/premed – This is the main hub for pre-med students. This subreddit includes a variety of information that is useful to any student interested in medical school. For me, I used it to see which medical abroad program was right for me. It was through this platform that I was introduced to Atlantis, a 360 shadow abroad program that occurs during school breaks. 
  • r/MCAT – If you have any questions related to the MCAT, this is the place to be. Not only do they have information on different study materials, but they also discuss answers to practice questions and give further explanations to really make sure you understand the content.
  • r/anki – Anki is a resource that students use to help study for the MCAT. It is very effective, but students often have difficulty getting used to the interface. This subreddit is a great place to learn how to use Anki so that you can be successful studying the MCAT. 
  • r/medicalschool – Here you can learn from current medical students and see what resources and information they recommend to each other to help you prepare in the future.
  • r/medicine – Not as much of a resource, but this is a fun subreddit to learn from current physicians and other healthcare professionals as they share the latest advances and controversies related to the medical field.

The very important community information section

On each subreddit, there is a section that is known as community information. Here, you can find a variety of valuable resources. For instance, on the r/premed community information section, some of the resources available include current MD/DO medical school rankings, AMCAS GPA calculators, and medical school COVID-19 responses – to name a few. Additionally, they provide a glossary that defines important abbreviations and terms.

If you are accessing Reddit through your laptop, you can find the community information section along the right side of the page. If you are using your phone to scroll through Reddit, you can click the three dot icon on the upper right corner of your screen to find the community information section.

How this compares to Student Doctor Network (SDN)

Similar to Reddit, SDN includes a forum for students to learn and engage with. However, SDN’s forum is only useful for potential health professionals. Since Reddit is a platform for thousands of different communities, it tends to be more social between the two. In any pre-med related forum, you will find a fair share of memes and jokes that other students created. Scrolling through the more social aspects of Reddit is a great way to help decompress and make light of a stressful process.


At the end of the day, medical schools are looking for three main things: healthcare exposure, high academic performance, and specific core competencies. Reddit is a great way to reach out to other pre-med students for support during the application process. I highly recommend looking through the subreddits if you are struggling to find resources throughout your own pre-med journey. If you are looking for more in-person contact, there are programs such as Atlantis shadowing programs that allow you to work closely with a group of peers with similar interests. Ultimately, what you choose to pursue should be something that you enjoy. Taking the time to find the right support system is a great way to stay resilient during your medical school journey.

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Two Atlantis alumni admitted to Top 5 MD programs wrote our widely read medical school admissions guidebook guidebook — download yours.

Our Alumni Enter Great Medical Schools

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John Daines

  • Atlantis '17
  • Brigham Young University '19
  • Washington U. in St. Louis MD '23
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Zoey Petitt

  • Atlantis '17
  • U. of Arizona '18
  • Duke MD '23
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Yong-hun Kim

  • Atlantis '17
  • Stanford '19
  • Mayo Clinic MD '24
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Megan Branson

  • Atlantis '18
  • U. of Montana '19
  • U. of Washington MD '24
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Sarah Emerick

  • Atlantis '19
  • Eckerd College '20
  • Indiana U. MD '25
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Snow Nwankwo

  • Atlantis '19
  • Catholic U. of America '21
  • Georgetown U. MD '26
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Tiffany Hu

  • Atlantis '16
  • U. of Maryland '17
  • U. of Michigan MD '22
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Lauren Cox

  • Atlantis '18
  • Louisiana Tech '20
  • U. of Arkansas MD '24
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Kayla Riegler

  • Atlantis '18
  • U. of Kentucky '20
  • U. of Kentucky MD '24

About Atlantis

Atlantis is the leader in pre-health shadowing and clinical experience, offering short-term programs (1-10 weeks) over academic breaks for U.S. pre-health undergraduates. Medical schools want 3 things: (1)healthcare exposure, (2)GPA/MCAT, and (3)certain competencies. Atlantis gives you a great version of (1), frees you to focus on (2), and cultivates/shows (3) to medical school admissions committees.

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Two Atlantis alumni admitted to Top 5 MD programs wrote our widely read medical school admissions guidebook — download yours.