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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Half way done with M3 year!

I took my Neurology shelf exam (aka the “Gelf” because it’s written by Dr. Gelb), and now I am officially half way done with my M3 year! I thought M1 and M2 year went by fast, but M3 year definitely goes by even faster. I was busy every day with clinical duties and studying, switching… Read more >>

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On being a student

Perhaps those most likely to read this–students and perhaps aspiring students–are among those most affected by this phenomenon known as studying. I have not devoted much time to thinking about this conceptually, as when I am consumed by “studying” I have no time for philosophical meanderings, and when I am not, I have little desire… Read more >>

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Volume 1, Issue 1: Hello World!

Welcome! Hi, everybody! I’m Sean, one of the M4s on a dual degree track here at UMMS, and I’m excited to be joining the Dose of Reality blog this year.  I hope to use this space to share some of my journey with you and to answer any questions you have about applying to medical… Read more >>

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Finished the first rotation…now onto the next!

It’s hard to believe that I finished the first rotation of my M3 year last week. It went by so fast! I started with the pediatrics rotation, which was an amazing experience. Interacting with patients as young as a few hours old as well as adolescents was challenging but extremely rewarding. I also loved the… Read more >>

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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 >>

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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 >>