The medical field is constantly undergoing changes, both big and small. From medical breakthroughs to changes to the medical school application process, there are vast amounts of information that are relevant to pre-health students. Unfortunately, this information seems so foreign to many of us as we either have no access to it or it may simply be too difficult or tedious for us to find. The Medical Literature Society offers a solution to this ever-growing problem. We are an online news platform seeking to create a centralized source for all information that pertains to pre-health students. Additionally, we want to empower the pre-health community by creating a forum for discussion on issues and news within the medical field; while at the same time, we want students to cultivate a passion for a professional career in medicine by thinking critically about the subtle nuances of a medical career and what it takes for students like us to enter it.
MLS is comprised of three different sections; ethics, current events, and opinion-editorials (for more information regarding each section visit their respective page). This organization was created by Nikhil Gupta during his second year as an undergraduate at UCLA in 2014 and remains completely student run. Our members have the opportunity to decide which articles to write and how they want to write them. Not only do students manage the content that we place online, they are also in charge of managing the layout of the website and even handling the publicity of our organization.
Our club’s inception began at UCLA in the winter of 2014. Over the years our UCLA website accumulated over 100,000 views from a wide variety of communities, and we have expanded out staff to over 100 students who serve as either columnists or editors. Furthermore, in less than a year we have expanded to three other schools including USC, UC Berkeley, and UC San Diego; each with their own fully functional website.
We are looking forward to new opportunities coming up for us as we plan to further expand MLS, continue to pilot innovative ideas, and spread our culture of collaboration over competition to more students. As viewers, we not only encourage you to see what each of the pages have to offer, but also to “Join the Discussion!”