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Reach the Largest Health and Pre-Health Student Community

SDN is a nonprofit web site that started as a grassroots Web community at the University of Kansas in the mid-1990s. Since then, SDN has emerged as one of the most comprehensive and most useful student-driven resources on the Internet.

The Student Doctor Network (SDN) is now the premier website for pre-health students, medical students, dental students, pharmacy students, optometry students, residents, doctors and other health professionals.

SDN provides unbiased and independent information about health professions education.

The Student Doctor Network has significant name recognition in the pre-health and health student communities. Our site includes the largest discussion forum for this community, a very popular “student blog” section, a large links database, interview feedback, weekly news features and much more.

Entirely run by volunteers, the SDN forums provide a place where camaraderie, friendships, and even, rumor has it, marriages, have been formed. Discussion in SDN forums ranges from how to handle test anxiety, to what to do about an incompatible roommate, to feelings of loneliness and confessions of insecurity, to pop culture and dream vacations.

Sponsoring SDN is Easy

There are two main methods of sponsoring SDN – Google AdWords and Forum Sponsorships.

Option One: Google AdWords

Google AdWordsGoogle Adwords handles most ad display management for the Student Doctor Network. Adwords allows you to market on SDN, regardless of the size of your budget.

Your campaign on SDN can be set up to target based on:
• Page Keywords
• Geographical location of the visitor
• and more!

Adwords handles the most common sizes of ads, as well as allows text, image and video.

Additionally, with Google Advertising, we’re able to reduce our management overhead, allowing our volunteers to spend more time doing what they do best, providing a high quality website, which is exactly where you want to advertise.

Option Two: Forum Sponsorships


Forum sponsorships are available to businesses and organizations offering services that fit within SDN’s core mission.

Sponsor blocks are sold in three-month increments, with competitive flat rates based on expected forum traffic. Individual forums may have up to three sponsors, each with their own dedicated block directly above the posting area. This placement is an excellent way to establish a consistent presence with your target audience.

Additional opportunities for sponsorship of newsletters, publications, and branded forums.  Other special projects are available.

Contact us to discuss forum sponsorships at the Student Doctor Network. A member of our Business Development staff will contact you to discuss your options.

Members love us, and they keep coming back for more.

Here’s a look at our numbers (as of January 2011):
• Over 1 million absolute unique visitors per month
• Over 3.5 million visits per month
• Over 16 million monthly page impressions
• Over 50 million monthly ad unit impressions
• Forums with nearly 300,000 registered members and over 10 million posts
• Nearly 60% percent of our visitors are return visitors
• Nearly 10% percent of our visitors use mobile devides
• Members return to the site throughout the day to check on new posts and discussions
• When ranked among sites in the U.S., the Student Doctor Network ranks among the top 5,000 websites.

In short, SDN is one of the most active sites in the world.

Here’s who’s on SDN:

• 49.6% Female
• 50.4% Male

• 90.5% U.S.
• 3.8% Canada
• 1.0% United Kingdom
• 0.6% India
• 0.4% Australia
• 0.3% Philippines
• 0.2% Ireland

(2007 Survey, n=1347)

What our members say…

What on the surface appears to be “just another forum” is in fact a lifeline for some. But don’t take out word for it. Here’s what some SDN members have to say:

“One of my biggest regrets in college was not finding SDN earlier…seriously,” says SDN member Brandon. (All SDN Forums participants create unique user names, and for the sake of anonymity, have acquiesced to the use of their first names for quotes.)

“The fact that it draws students from all over the world to share their thoughts and to be able to pick the brains of every type of medically-related individual out there is an aspect that no others have probably come close to mirroring…” adds Brandon.

Brandon in Alabama adds, “The unique capability of SDN… is that it allows you to connect to a much larger group of people than those in your immediate geographic area. I bring this up because I go to a relatively small school, with very few medical school applicants each year. I have lots of friends, but almost no one who can empathize with the plight of a pre-med…I think SDN succeeds because it doesn’t just provide answers that any pre-med advisor could, it provides a built-in support system.”

SDN Corporate Sponsors

Accepted.com – Caribbean Medical University – American Medical Clinicals – Apollo Audiobooks – Bennington College – Cedar Education Lending LLC – Columbia University Medical Center – Crack Exam Preparation Software – Des Moines University – Fifth Third Bank – Fluent Medical – Kaplan – Kent State University – Kenz Test Prep, Inc. – KISSPharm – Lincoln Memorial University – Lippincott Williams & Wilkins – Med Edits – Millennium Brokerage Group – WelchAllyn – Mount Sinai Medical Center – New York College of Podiatric Medicine – Nexus Insurance Services – Northwestern University – Ontario Simulation Training Centre – Orgoman.com – Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine – Regions Bank – St. Matthews University – St. George’s University – SunTrust Mortgage – The Apprentice Doctor – Gold Standard Multimedia – The Princeton Review – Time2Track, LLC – University of New England – University of South Florida – USMLE Algorithms

SDN is a Charitable Organization

SDN, a nonprofit educational website operated as a free service by the Coastal Research Group (a 501(c)3 charitable organization), also accepts tax-deductible donations, grants and in-kind corporate support.

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Learn more about sponsoring or advertising on SDN.  Our sponsorship coordinators will be in touch with you and can answer any questions you may have.