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.

Brain Surgery Under Kenyan Skies: My Month in Pediatric Neurosurgery at Kijabe Hospital

Even though I grew up in Kenya and made the drive often, there has always been something about the Great Rift Valley that inspires a sense of awe each time I see it. Perhaps, it is the sheer expanse of this structure that never ceases to inspire. Not too far beyond this impressive natural landscape,… Read more >>

Full circle . . . gearing up for Kenya

In a little less than two months, I will board a plane and take a trip to the country of my birth, Kenya. I will then drink a cup of home-grown coffee, perhaps two. I have the privilege of taking a fourth year elective in Pediatric Neurosurgery at Kijabe Hospital, about an hour northwest of… Read more >>

Finding a New Normal

I have to apologize for my lengthy writing hiatus these past couple months—turns out it can take a little while to adjust to the pace and demands of medical school life! It’s my hope that I can write much more regularly from this point forward. I’ve been thinking about a lot recently about the word… Read more >>

Listen to Your Heart

It’s been a while! We have just finished our cardiovascular and respiratory sequence, which had some great lecturers and activities.  My favorite part of learning about the cardiovascular system was our Clinical Foundations of Medicine sessions.  We got to finally get some use out of our stethoscopes and learned how to do cardiac exams.  We… Read more >>

It’s not brain surgery . . . actually . . .

The last 3 months have been a flurry of 4am awakenings, drilling holes in skulls, taking care of Neurosurgical ICU patients and tasting what life as a Neurosurgery resident will look like. I spent a month each at Michigan, UCLA and Cedars Sinai doing a series of sub-internships. The intensity of the schedule and sleep… Read more >>

The Gift of Knowledge

To be completely honest, I was not the medical student waiting anxiously for the beginning of anatomy lab.  I knew it was a rite of passage that all medical students needed to pass through, but I really didn’t know what to expect.  After a month of anatomy lab, I am beginning to realize how incredibly… Read more >>