Shadowing a DoctorMay 29, 2014
Yes, Your Online Image Will Be Subject To Scrutiny When You Apply To Medical Or Dental School
Social networking has become an inseparable part of our daily lives over the past few years. We often express our views on the internet and put them in writing for the world to see. Sites like Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and our personal blogs are great ways to connect to people and to share our views with the world but they can also be the make or break factor when you submit your application to any professional school, including medical or dental school.
If you thought medical schools would not bother about your online persona during the selection process, think again. Various surveys have found that over 80% of schools look through the applicants’ social networking profiles. Several schools have also used this information to reject an application because of something which they found that went against their vision, mission or code of conduct. On the other hand, several admissions authorities have also admitted that finding positive content about an applicant online has influenced them and increased the odds of the applicant being hired by them.
Why Is Your Online Image So Important?
Besides your academic performance and other experiences, educational institutions openly admit that they prefer taking in students who they feel will fit into their organization or institution. This fit can often be evaluated by looking at their habits online. A lot can be garnered about a person’s views, likes, dislikes and lifestyle through social networking. Pictures, blog posts, comments and other online activities all help build up a person’s psychological profile. It is a great way to know what the applicant really is like.
How Can You Keep a Clean Online Image?
You don’t need to hide who you are to the world. However, there are a few measures that you should put in place in order to keep out negative information about you online. First of all, make sure that you have your privacy settings enabled. This allows you to control who does and does not have access to your various profiles. Too many pictures of you partying or being drunk can send out the wrong message. It is also a advisable not to express very strong controversial views about sensitive topics on your Facebook or Twitter page or your blog. These could hurt various communities of people and they may not be received well.
If you are an expressive person, start building up a positive online image instead. You can start your own blog that follows your life and allows you to put up your various achievements. If you are into any extra-curricular activities, tracking them online is a great way to show them off. In this sense, the internet is an excellent way to showcase yourself and create a positive buzz about you and your interests and abilities.
Taking the time and trouble to build a positive online image of yourself that can withstand any scrutiny can be a great way to attract the right attention and boost your chances of getting admission into the medical or dental school of your choice.