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.

Happy Fourth!

I can’t quite believe that it’s nearly the Fourth of July, when it seems like I have barely interacted with the real world since the beginning of March, when the Step 1 study period began. And now we’re in July and school’s out and I find myself slightly bewildered. Where did the time go? Heralding… Read more >>

Something old, something new

What a crazy couple of months! After finishing Step 1 of the Boards in early May, I started research with a group in the biostatistics department at the School of Public Health, beginning the transition to the graduate school phase of the MSTP (MD/PhD) program. Now, I’ll essentially be at SPH until completing my PhD… Read more >>

Becoming a better poet to become a better physician: snapshot of a poetry conference

A few weekends ago, I had the opportunity to attend the Bear River Writers’ Conference in northern Michigan.  Living in a cabin by a lake, writing and workshopping poetry, meeting writers in Ann Arbor, connecting with the MFA faculty at Michigan, kayaking, talking writing by a bonfire–a complete dream during the entire 3 days I… Read more >>

STAND BACK. I’m going to try science!

M1 year is officially over!! I’m not ready to consider myself an M2 just yet, but I’m willing to respond to ‘M1.5.’ It’s a step in the right direction, at least. Our two CFM (Clinical Foundations of Medicine) weeks really revealed how far we’ve come. Practicing for our full history and physical exam started out…… Read more >>

Pursuing a dream: poetry & medicine & a poem about a fig wasp

You only have one lifetime to be yourself is one quote I say over and over as go about my daily life as a med student.   Where do I begin?  Prior to med school, I had been a creative writing minor and bio major in college.  I had attended a writing workshop at Sarah Lawrence… Read more >>

Beyond the Impact Factor

What is an “Impact Factor”? Simply put, impact factor (I.F.) is a ratio which attempts to quantify the influence a publication in a particular journal (think Science or Nature) has on its field of study. I.F. = A/B, where A is the number of citations articles of journal X receive in a given year, and… Read more >>