Let me start off by saying that Zoe is doing exactly the things which I should have done while I was in medical school. During her second year in medical school, she decided she wanted to try out something different on the side, and sent out around 30-40 applications for internships in various companies. That landed her her current part-time job at Melon, an EdTech startup where she works as Community Associate.
I met Zoe quite randomly via LinkedIn as I saw one of her posts about how she get her tech job as a doctor. I thought that was really cool because not many medical students even consider the possibility of working at a tech startup during medical school - or even after medical school, for that matter.
I was super excited to talk to Zoe because I think that many listeners of this podcast, especially medical students and junior doctors, could be very interested to learn about her experiences: How the hell do you get a tech startup job as a medical student? And how do you make it work, is there even enough time? And, if she had to choose, which job would she prefer right now?
Zoe Lee is a medical student at Keele University in the UK. She’s also a part-time Community Associate at Melon, an EdTech startup which aims to boost Gen-Z’s microlearning process. Besides those two things, she also recently joined a Healthtech fellowship program at BiteLabs Healthtech, where the goal is to get together in groups and build a Healthtech product within a few weeks.
Things we talked about
- What Zoe is currently doing in her third year of medical school, and why she chose to study Medicine
- Getting her first tech startup job at Melon: How she applied, how many other applications she sent out and her small “hack” for (maybe?) improving your chances
- What she does at Melon and what it means building a community and creating content for TikTok
- How she manages to do juggle her tech startup job with her studies in medical school: Remote work, flexible work hours, time off for studying and more
- We discussed whether good “quality” work is rewarded more in tech startups vs. in the hospital
- What’s more fun: Whether working at a tech startup or as a doctor?
- Her experience joining the BiteLabs Healthtech Fellowship
- Her interest in writing and what she would do if she wouldn’t have to earn money
- What advice she would give to other medical students / junior doctors who are interested in exploring other opportunities or working in tech
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Links As Mentioned In The Podcast
- Zoe on LinkedIn.
- Zoe wrote this article about how she landed her tech startup job as a medical student.
- Zoe recently posted on LinkedIn with a link to resources she curated on Melon for “breaking into tech with a clinical background”
- Melon, the startup for which Zoe is working part-time, building their Community
- Company TikTok account of Melon for which Zoe creates videos
- The BiteLabs Healthtech Fellowship, a for-profit fellowship in which groups build a product in Healthtech in a few weeks.