About The Student Doctor Network

Why should you use the Student Doctor Network?

We’ve been on the Internet for over 20 years doing just one thing: providing career information for free or at cost. We do this because we believe that the health education process is too expensive and too competitive. There are a lot of people and organizations that have built their business making money on students that are desperate for any opportunity to become a doctor.

We believe that all students deserve the same access to high quality information. We believe that providing high quality career advice and information ensures that everyone, regardless of income or privilege, has a chance to achieve their dream of being a doctor.

SDN is published by CRG, a nonprofit educational organization. We’re dedicated to our mission to help you.  Learn more about our history and how we were the first medical student and dental student website.

Who created and runs the Student Doctor Network?

We were founded in 1999 by Lee Burnett, Nancy Sween, Jim Henderson, and Ed Delgado. They brought together their student sites under the single banner of the Student Doctor Network. Initially the site was funded by Lee as a personal effort and it didn’t become financially sustainable until around 2005. Lee continues to volunteer his time to the organization.

Over the years the organization has added many volunteers to help create helpful content and oversee the peer advice forums. In 2011, we had grown large enough to require part-time employees. We currently have 6 part-time employees that are geographically dispersed across the United States. The executive director is Ms. Laura Turner. Learn more about our volunteers and staff here.

Who owns the Student Doctor Network?

As 501c3 a nonprofit educational organization, we do not have shareholders or individual owners. We are organized for the benefit of all students.

We are led by a board of directors made up of a diverse group of doctors and students. The board provides guidance to the executive director. The director oversees the daily operations of the organization.

How does the Student Doctor Network make money?

We show advertising and sponsorship banners. To reduce advertising that you see on the site, just register and login.

We accept sponsorships from companies and donations from members. If you’d like to support our mission, consider making a donation. If you’re a company, consider a sponsorship.

We may occasionally seek grant funding for development of new resources.

We don’t ever sell or share member information and we don’t send marketing emails.

What does the Student Doctor Network do with the money it makes?

We reinvest our revenues into site improvements and development of new resources for the student and doctor community. Although expenses change from year to year, most of our revenues go into development, servers, bandwidth, and staff overhead.

Revenues that are not spent are placed into reserves for leaner-years.

We invite you to review our Financial Transparency reports which detail our finances.

Can I share content from the Student Doctor Network?

Because we believe in sharing knowledge and want to ensure widest dissemination of high-quality information, our content is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.


If you redistribute Student Doctor Network content, please follow these conditions:

  • You must attribute the work to the Student Doctor Network by including a prominent link back to the source page on the site
  • Do not use our content for commercial purposes (such as a website with ads, paid apps, for-profit advising services, etc). Commercial republishing requests for selected articles and content may be approved if the republication is consistent with our mission. If you wish to republish our content for commercial purposes, please send an email to [email protected] Please include the URL of the article or content that you wish to republish, how you intend to use the articles, and how you will monetize the content.
  • If you alter, remix, transform or build upon our content, you may distribute the resulting work under the same or similar Creative Commons license.