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.

“You Can’t Buy Perspective”

Today, we [M1s] attended a panel with four incredible women who told their stories of being patients or caregivers. In the hospital, at first glance, what we may see is an ill woman wearing an uncomfortable hospital gown, but it’s up to us to remember that person is a musician, a professional, a teacher, a… Read more >>

Travelling to the Peach State for AMA National Meeting

Medical school is full of “firsts.” First organ-based sequence (cardio/respiratory) – check! First time taking a history for a standardized patient – check. And now, first health policy conference! The past few days I’ve been away from Ann Arbor in the wonderful city of Atlanta, Georgia at the AMA National Interim meeting. My interest in… Read more >>

But First, Prelims

Now that the holidays are approaching, I begin to look ahead to what the next term will bring. In addition to my classwork (which will consist of a bioinformatics programming class and second-semester Chinese) and the Smoker (yay!), the biggest hurdle for me will be taking the preliminary exam. Also called a qualifying exam by… Read more >>

Lessons Learned

Hi everyone! I’m Maya, an M1 from Troy, Michigan. I went to Stanford University for undergrad and studied Human Biology with a concentration in Health and Human Performance. After graduating in June 2014, I spent a year as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Detroit working with local schools to promote the incorporation of service-learning into the… Read more >>

Medicine, Revolution, and the Big Picture

Professor Ward challenged us to apply Boggs’s model of revolution to medicine, to think beyond fixing the problems in front of our noses and to imagine our ideal healthcare system on the broadest level… I began to imagine clinics connected to community centers, fresh-produce grocery stores, and exercise centers; co-op healthcare systems; prescriptions for college education; smart phone patient check-ins; and a different payment system, yet unformed in my mind but tantalizing in its possibilities.

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 >>