Medsembly, an Atlanta-based mentorship-based career development tool that connects aspiring healthcare students directly with professionals in their future careers, announced the launch of its interactive end-to-end platform available for iOS and Android devices.
In partnership with schools, Medsembly gives students access to resources and mentors for one-on-one advice, and mentors enjoy a wide range of benefits and discounts while supporting the next generation of healthcare professionals.
“Our mission at Medsembly is to prepare students early for the arduous journey in medicine to achieve greater job satisfaction, less burnout and promote an overall stronger sector,” says Rodeline Joseph, PA-C, founder and CEO of Medsembly.
While mentoring plays a vital role in healthcare, according to a report from the Journal of Healthcare Leadership, healthcare professionals often take on their first leadership positions without adequate training and formal mentoring. One of the challenges was the difficulty in finding a mentor. A recent survey found that while 98 percent of respondents felt mentoring was important, only 10 percent said they were satisfied with their mentoring situation, and 82 percent needed more access to mentors. The most common reason for not having a mentor was access to more experienced experts. Medsembly bridges this gap.
“Not having anyone in my family or someone I know closely in the medical field is difficult because I often don’t know who to turn to for advice…this app has been extremely helpful,” says Sierra Gonzales, a pre-med student who uses Medsembly.
After completing a seamless onboarding process, students have access to a network of mentors and can request help by searching for an “assignment.” An assignment is help with a specific matter such as a resume review, shadowing opportunity, or mock interview, among other deliverables. Mentors can accept the request and start the process. They will then be able to communicate and monitor the progress of this task to ensure successful completion. Mentors receive a 50 percent commission for paid assignments. To ensure everything is done and submitted on time, mentors have two weeks to complete an assignment once it is started. Users also have access to an exclusive medical community through chat boards, where students and professionals can ask questions, participate in meaningful discussions, and post educational videos.
Since launching earlier this year, Medsembly has seen rapid growth with more than 1,000 app downloads to date and more than 400 monthly active users. The company was recently accepted into the Techstars Atlanta accelerator program.
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