Prescribe it Forward.
Created by medical students to mentor the next generation of future physicians.
100% free. Forever.
Prescribe it Forward was formed in order to provide free mentorship for pre-medical students who struggle to find guidance as they embark on their journey to becoming medical students!
Prescribe it Forward is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit designed to serve pre-medical students who may otherwise not have a mentor within the field of medicine. We aim to serve students of all backgrounds, especially underrepresented minorities (URM), first-generation, LGBTQIA+, non-traditional, or otherwise disadvantaged applicants. Our goal is to provide application and pre-medical guidance in order to ease the notoriously rigorous process of applying to medical school. Although we cannot guarantee that our service will be the key to unlocking medical school acceptance, we hope to make this process less stressful for our mentees. We are an organization of medical students who are volunteering our time to pay it forward, and to be the guidance many of us wish we had during this process.
1,300 mentors across 45 states!
Over 1,700 students mentored!
Why We Help
Hear from some of our mentors on why they joined Prescribe it Forward!
When I applied to medical school, I felt I didn't have any connections or resources to help me navigate the application process. I often felt lost and was searching frantically through online forums to find answers. I knew a person would be a much better resource, but I just didn't have that on my side. As a 4th year medical student, I want to be this mentor for others who are in the position I was once in.
UNC School of Medicine
Getting into medical school is not an easy task—whether it is the extremely high standards we set for ourselves as pre-medical students, the sheer workload we must endure to be qualified to apply, or the infinite number of resources that claim to give us the ‘key’ to getting into medical school, it can all be very overwhelming. I want students to view me as an ally, friend, and cheerleader as they persevere through the challenges that accompany medical school applications.
University of Arizona College of Medicine
As a first-generation Black male, I struggled to find role models to pursue a career in medicine. Most of my friends never even saw college as an option. It was challenging to overcome my fear of creating my own path. Thankfully, I was able to identify mentors who not only believed in me, but were invested in my success. This is why the mission of PIF is important to me. I want to use my platform to help students navigate the daunting process just like my mentors did for me.
University of Missouri School of Medicine
Accumulating knowledge and subsequently sharing it back with the community is an essential aspect of what gets me excited about medicine. Through the grace of the nurturing community and mentors around me, I have had the privilege of receiving an education in medicine and want to do my part to share what I’ve learned to make the tremulous journey into medicine a little bit more accessible.
UCLA School of Medicine
There were things about interviewing and presenting yourself to other people that I did not really understand. My parents were not in medicine and couldn't really help. The second time around, I reached out to my personal OBGYN and other acquaintances and had to spend money to figure out what I could do better. I think this cultural dissonance is something that is applicable to many people applying to medical school.
Duke University School of Medicine
One of the things that was most surprising to me as a medical school applicant, and what was also so challenging to navigate, was the fact that there are a lot of strategic moves that need to be made in order to give yourself the best chance. There exist certain unwritten rules that, had I not had amazing mentorship, I would not have known.I hope to share some of the knowledge that I have learned with students that are going through the same thing.
Duke University School of Medicine
I've seen what the power of mentorship has done for me, especially as a person of color. There are a plethora of opportunities that have come just from an e-mail that I've sent and I'd love nothing more than to afford someone else that same opportunity. We don't get anywhere on our own. A good mentor is one that's available, passionate to help, and knows their limits. Humility is important to say, "I don't know, but I'll find someone who does."
University of Miami School of Medicine
When I look back on my life, there have been so many people who have helped push me to the person I am today. From teachers to advisors to friends, there have been so many times where these people pushed me to do more and called me out when they knew I could be better. I know I am early in my training but I believe that since I have been given the space to climb up the ladder, I need to help others climb with me.
St. Louis University School of Medicine
In undergrad, I never had a student of color mentor me and explain how the application cycle may be different for me. I became a mentor to help students who may be feeling like they do not match up with the standard medical school applicant or first-generation students without anyone to help them navigate medicine. I want to give students hope and make sure they know they are good enough to get accepted to medical school and succeed.
Indiana University School of Medicine