Confidential Consult program

The purpose of the SDN Confidential Consult program is to provide confidential, high quality answers to pre-health and health professional student members.

Who answers questions?
Questions can be posted by any member and then are answered by verified subject matter experts that are designated by either the Expert or Vendor badge. The member asking the question is not identified.

Who can be an Expert?
Experts are identified based on forums participation, occupation, and expertise. SDN team members will confirm that they are qualified to answer questions. Experts may not offer paid advising or test preparation services (see Vendor information below). All Experts must complete an identity verification and non-disclosure agreement prior to being allowed access to answer questions. Once an Expert has been verified, they are able to view and respond to questions in their area of expertise in the Confidential Consult forum. Experts may receive honorarium payment for their participation in the program, or may choose to volunteer their time.

Who can be a Vendor who answers questions?
Any test prep or advising service provider may apply to receive the Vendor badge. This allows them to use their business name as their member name and their logo as an avatar. They are eligible to participate on the forums in compliance with the Business and Commercial Members policies. If a Vendor also has expertise that they are willing to share with our membership, they may apply to answer questions in the Confidential Consult area as well. SDN team members will confirm that they are qualified to answer questions, and they must complete an identity verification and non-disclosure agreement prior to being allowed access to answer questions. Once a Vendor has been verified, they are able to view and respond to questions in their area of expertise in the Confidential Consult forum. Note that Vendors who answer questions must abide by the Business and Commercial Members policies and may not refer students to their business. Violations of this policy will lead to removal from the program and potentially banning from the site.

What are the requirements to retain the ability to answer questions?
Requirements to retain ability to answer questions following selection:

  • Maintain professional posting history
  • No forum violations as an Expert/Vendor
  • Active within past 90 days