Student Doctor Network (SDN) was created in 1999 as a nonprofit service to help build a diverse doctor workforce by providing free advising resources, tools, and peer-support forums to those who would otherwise not have access to such services. The Health Professional Student Association board of directors provides oversight and management support to SDN.
Unique to the health professional community, the Student Doctor Network website is a grassroots effort, run by a large volunteer team of dedicated students and doctors.
SDN and HPSA want students of every gender, race, social status, religion, and sexual orientation to become doctors. Having a diverse medical workforce ensures every American has a doctor that reflects their values and history. We want to make this dream accessible for everyone, especially those from underserved communities and those with the least resources.
The SDN Community Forums
SDN brings together thousands of current and future healthcare students and professionals into one community where they can share information, offer guidance, and encourage their peers and those coming up behind them. Whether considering a gap year, struggling with their classes’ intensity, or navigating the Match, members can find someone who understands what they’re facing.
As part of the Health Professional Student Association, SDN represents the same community that HPSA supports, including most doctoral-level health fields:
- Dental (DDS and DMD)
- Medical (MD – Allopathic and DO – Osteopathic)
- Optometry (OD)
- Pharmacy (PharmD)
- Podiatry (DPM)
- Psychology (PsyD and PhD)
- Rehabilitation Sciences (AuD,OTD, DPT, PhD)
- Veterinary (DVM)
SDN fiercely protects student privacy. To avoid bias, the site remains independent from other organizations. It does not share member information, does not promote a service or product, and has no school or corporate affiliation.