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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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 >>

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I haven’t studied today!!! …I feel dirty. (J/K, I feel SPLENDID.)

It feels like it’s been approximately a gajillion years since I last wrote (and, upon checking the date, it nearly has been that long. Oops?) Life got a little crazy. Like, Step 1 crazy. Yeah – that happened. I took the test two days ago and it already feels like it was in a past… Read more >>

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In Training

As medical students, it feels like we are always in training. After all, we don’t have our MD’s yet, and even then we still train during residency. At the moment, it seems like we always will be in training…that’s why it’s called the “practice of medicine,” right? Lately, some of my fellow students have begun… Read more >>

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Spring Break in the Rockies

It really felt like Spring Break could not have come at a more opportune time. Many of my classmates, including myself, were ready for a change after our unit on the central nervous system. The brain is fascinating, but there sure are a lot of parts to memorize! The nuclei, and tracts, and many specific… 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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Traveling to Capitol Hill

In my last post, I promised an update on the advocacy efforts of our student chapter of the AMA, and I have many developments to report! In February, we hosted a seminar where students had the opportunity to learn from Dr. Sharon Swindell and pediatrics residents about how they advocate for patients. It was inspiring to… Read more >>