Exploring Pathways and Investigating Careers (EPIC) in Medicine provides an online community and resource platform for premedical students. Students are supported to critically reflect on whether medicine is truly the quest for them and if so, what premedical pathway would most align with their goals, considering the various life- changing aspects in choosing medicine. All of this while getting the most out of their undergraduate years as a healthy premed at Stanford. EPIC would 1) be a centralized resource with information on different topics surrounding the premedical process and medical career as well as 2) serve as a community forum where students can connect with one another and access premedical resources, and more.
There are various lasting impacts that make the EPIC project an ideal investment. First, in helping Stanford students make informed decisions about their premedical journeys, EPIC hopes to help increase compassion in the field of medicine; in a very engaged process, the EPIC seeks 1) to help Stanford premedical students become doctors for the right reasons, maintaining emotional stamina, attachment to humanity, and a high sense of accomplishment and 2) to provide additional encouragement and support for students to successfully overcome the academic challenges and thrive as a healthy premed at Stanford.
~ Increase awareness in the realities of medical careers by providing a platform for students to explore their interest in medicine through various pathways ~ Provide students with the educational tools to make informed decisions about future career paths, especially regarding the pursuit of a career in medicine. ~ Dispel premedical myths developed during undergraduate education with updated facts from credible sources. This is especially helpful for women and minorities coming from disadvantaged backgrounds. ~ Promote the maximization of students' potential and time through early exposure to medical internships and opportunities for self-reflection in order to make conscious decisions about his or her career in medicine relative to life goals.