Ambassador Spotlight: Tanisha Rivera

The June 2017 #WhereMatters Ambassador Spotlight features Tanisha Rivera, a pre-med major at the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico. We first met Tanisha at a conference and fell in love with her positive spirit, charisma and eagerness to succeed. Its not everyday that you meet someone who inspires you quite like Tanisha. She's a natural motivator and born leader, and we're so happy she's part of the (To) family. Learn more about Tanisha in our interview below!

A New Normal For How and Where We Find Care

A New Normal For How and Where We Find Care

At (To) we talk a lot about the importance of location for individual well-being. However, we rarely discuss the effects hospital systems have on place choices and the central role hospitals play in organizing, stimulating and maintaining healthy economies – for both those they employ and those they serve. With an increasing majority of newly minted physicians going to work for hospitals (only one in three physicians remained independent at the end of 2016), this blog post will examine the changes "big-box" hospitals are currently experiencing, as well as the future of physician jobs as a result of: (1) the shifting climate from independent physician practices to hospital-centric models; (2) technology; and (3) patient service needs.

Ambassador Spotlight: Steven Ho

The May 2017 #WhereMatters Ambassador Spotlight features Steven Ho, a pre-med major at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia (about an hour northwest of Atlanta). In his interview, Steven talks about the importance of keeping things fresh and always maintaining a positive attitude. Steven is an inspiration, with a great deal of energy, care and pride for his school, studies and future. Anyone would be fortunate to have Steven as their doctor someday!

What is Match Day, and where will it take you?

Every year on the third Friday in March, medical students across the country and internationally learn #where they will spend their next three to seven years. On Match Day, students learn the results from the National Resident Matching Program, determining which residency program they will join following graduation. This year, Match Day hit a record high for residency positions offered, with 35,969 U.S. and international students competing for 31,757 residency opportunities.

Ambassador Spotlight: Josh Scarcella

Ambassador Spotlight: Josh Scarcella

The (To) Ambassador Spotlight is a new, monthly look into the lives of our #WhereMatters Ambassadors. Not only do we discuss who they are and what motivates them, but take a deep dive into how location is influencing their role as a rising physician. Our first spotlight is on Josh Scarcella, a pre-med major at the University of North Carolina - Wilmington. In his interview, Josh reveals his family's story of immigration to the United States and how he intends to carry their hard work and dedication to seeking a purpose-filled life into practice. Enjoy (we certainly did)!

Mapping the Human Body

Mapping the Human Body

It doesn’t take 14 years of medical training and an M.D. to know that the human body is an incredibly complex set of systems. But physicians, unlike the average person, are forced to confront this stunning complexity and interconnectivity every day in their diagnosis and treatment of patients. The intricacy of the human body’s systems has led many medical scientists to study health issues by first “mapping” the relevant biological systems. This location-based approach to medical research makes a lot of sense—to understand something as complex as the human body, of course you’d want to make a map of it.

(To) Welcomes new team members!

Team (To) expanded this spring with the addition of two Digital Communications Interns: Elizabeth Jessup and Laura Whaling. They’re shaping and executing the (To) social media strategy, expanding (To) awareness on college campuses, generating (To) friendships at conferences, participating in planning meetings, and making the office a more dynamic place with their ideas and ambitions.

(To) Specialize, or not?

(To) Specialize, or not?

A medical student in her first few years may think she wants to become a radiologist. Radiology can become a highly specialized field if the student pursues a subspecialty such as neuroradiology, musculoskeletal radiology or interventional radiology, among many others, for a total of 4 to 5 years of residency. Before we dive into how (To) can help this medical student find the right training programs along the way, let’s examine some critical factors that she should consider alongside education (largely guided by geography).

How (To) find your best med school

We launched the (To) app a little over a month ago, and since that time have received a some great feedback and questions from our growing user community. In an effort to address some immediate items while we work to deliver feature improvements guaranteed to make your app experience even better, we're going to start posting about the use and advantages of (To) for each particular phase of the transition process for becoming a physician.

On your rank list, #wherematters - Now Live on AMSA's Ad Lib Podcast!

The American Medical Student Association has been a great partner in helping spread the message that #wherematters and that place is a crucial factor when deciding to pursue a career in medicine. I recently had the opportunity to record an "AMSA Ad Lib" podcast. The recording is now available on its website. I hope you'll take the time to listen—it's only 10 minutes!

Always be gracious.

This week, as I look forward to traveling to see family and friends for Thanksgiving, I realize more than ever how geography has the power to unite us all in ways we don't always consider. After the AMSA Fall Conference held at the City College of New York, energy and excitement are extremely high about our product and company mission. We feel good about the splash we made with those in attendance, and we posted several photos to social media to prove it! 

Why we love Old Town North

As a weekly series, we'll be profiling interesting or significant places to help explain the advantage of location in our everyday lives. Today the focus is Old Town North in Alexandria, Virginia, where (To) is located. It’s helpful for anyone who follows us to understand not only who we are and where we come from but also why our current office location is so critical to where we go next. Our business location has as much to with our ability to access opportunities—from meetings to airline travel—as it does with convenience and our quality of life goals.  

Why where matters for working women (especially physicians)

Work-life balance is an issue for anyone trying to raise a family in our country today. As of April 2016, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that in more than 60 percent of married-couple families, both parents work outside the home. Statistics also show that work-life balance is more complicated for women than men. This will always be the case because child bearing can instill a strong desire for a traditional maternal role. Same-sex couples and single parents aside, women often find it more challenging to balance career and family by choice.

A solution to student debt if you know where to look

A solution to student debt if you know where to look

The real challenge with student debt is that no one is actually trying to solve the problem. It’s much easier to cite how expensive things are and the rising cost of education, or to derive a blanket, one-size-fits all approach, than to actually connect individuals based on their needs and area of expertise to meaningful solutions to get them out from under their parent’s roof.

Medical School: Where Cost Matters Most

Medical School: Where Cost Matters Most

Solving hard problems are never simple. They take time, dedication and willingness to take risk. Becoming a doctor is no different. Every day is problem solving. Balancing highly technical and scientific information with the realities of human life, and being forced make decisions that may indirectly lead to a solution before a clear path to victory is conceived. I’m not a doctor, but I am the daughter of one. My best friend and roommate in college is now an Intensivist.

It’s Time for Individuals to Have the Power of GIS

It’s Time for Individuals to Have the Power of GIS

I’ve never met anyone who goes home at night saying, “I can’t wait to pick-up GIS” (myself being the exception of course). I have struggled to help others understand the value of what a Geographic Information System (GIS) can do for them, because it’s not relatable. When I hear other people describe GIS, it’s usually simplified to “mapping.” While I agree that there is a strong map-based component, GIS is much more than that. A great deal of work goes into creating a meaningful “map” - analysis, computing, design . . .

Healthcare Meets The ‘Gig Economy’

Healthcare Meets The ‘Gig Economy’

The ‘Gig Economy’ – by now you’ve probably heard about it, read about it or even participated in it. But, what is it and what does it mean for you? Even if you’ve never thought of yourself as an entrepreneur or a business owner, you still have the ability to participate in the ‘Gig Economy’ – no matter what your profession, age, life stage, lifestyle, or skills. The greatest difference between the Gig Economy and more ‘Traditional Work’? – it’s not forever.