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.

School’s Out for Summer…Well almost

When we were all trying to survive Infectious Diseases (ID), the thought that kept a lot of us going was that M1 year was all downhill after ID was over. Several students from previous years had mentioned this, and their advice pretty much consisted of “Yeah, I think a couple of people failed Embryo, but… Read more >>


There have been a lot of exciting events and transitions happening at UMMS these past few weeks. Most importantly, the M4s graduated this weekend and can now sport a proud “MD” at the end of their names. Congratulations to all of you! There currently aren’t any M2s at UMMS, as they all returned from their… Read more >>

A moment to reflect

I was moved by Martha Pollack’s remarks at spring commencement yesterday. Paraphrasing the late positive psychologist, Christopher Peterson, she said “people matter. The good life isn’t necessarily the easy life; good character helps get you through the tough times; money can buy happiness, but mostly if you spend it on other people; and service is… Read more >>

In the name of science

Giving blood is not one of my very favorite activities, but I don’t particularly mind it.  Most of the times I’ve had blood drawn it’s been for selfish health purposes, checking the levels of this and that, but recently I’ve also donated to a few genetic studies. As someone who wants to go into statistical… Read more >>

Meeting Next Year’s Class

As my first year of medical school begins to wind down, it’s amazing to see how far we’ve come since August. This is really made clear by the fact that Second Look weekend is next Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.  Approximately 200 prospective students (the M0s) will arrive in Ann Arbor to learn more about our… Read more >>

C’mon Spring!

Hi all! I can’t believe that M1 year is winding down… it seems like just yesterday we were all sitting in Cells and Tissues lectures, turning to our new classmates and trying to learn everyone’s names and where they are from. By now, we’ve all sunk into our rhythms, have found our niches, and in… Read more >>