This is where you’ll hear what it’s really like at the University of Michigan Medical School. Students at each level of the program give you an intimate look at their med school lives—their insights, ‘ah-ha’ moments, frustrations and excitement.

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“Navigating complex systems”

If I were to draw the interconnections between the patient, the health providers, insurers, and relevant stakeholders, the diagram would likely be crowded with lines everywhere. I am tempted to simplify the relationships when explaining my experiences with ICE (Initial Clinical Experience) to friends and family outside of the medical community. But have discovered that… Read more >>

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Tackling Uncertainty

I can recite enzymes involved in nucleotide biosynthesis, identify the sternohyoid muscle or ilinguinal nerve on a cadaver, tie a square knot, and list pithy acronyms for expressing empathy, but in some ways I still curiously feel like the more I learn, the less I really know. In his book “Being Mortal”, Atul Gawande suggests… Read more >>

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What I’ve Learned from UMSRFC

Just recently, as a clinic team, we were writing handwritten thank you cards to all our donors of the free clinic (running a free clinic is quite expensive even with completely volunteer labor!). While admittedly the cards were somewhat of a “thank-you-for-donating-please-donate again”, it was also truly a great way to thank donors and think… Read more >>

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Clinical Reasoning Elective

Last month, we were given the opportunity to sign up for the clinical reasoning elective (CRE). As part of the elective, we go as pairs to work with a faculty member for 2 shifts per month (3-4 hours per shift) in either Emergency Medicine or Internal Medicine. Initially, I had thought it would be similar… Read more >>

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10 Things that the Second Year of Medical School has Taught Me

Two posts from me in one week. Crazy, right? On this, the eve of my official entry onto the wards, I thought I would take a quick moment to reflect on the past year. I’ve experienced a lot and learned a lot, so I decided to share ten things that I learned this year. Once… Read more >>

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And Breathe…

I think that to say it’s been a while would be an understatement at this point. It seems like I fell off the face of the earth, and it actually kind of feels like I did too. Since February, I completed the last 3 blocks of M2 year, studied for and took Step 1, and… Read more >>