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.

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 >>

Step 1 studying is a lot like cleaning your room…

…it just gets so much more messy before it gets clean! The first week of study period for Step 1 of the board exams really reminds me of when you decide to give your room the cleaning it has always deserved. Including the back of the closet. AND under the bed. You go through so… Read more >>

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 >>

Not Album Worthy

When I was home for the holidays, I learned that my dad had packed away a box of photos years ago — mostly from my sister’s childhood, with a few of my brother and me as well — and labeled it with bold, black sharpie “Not Album Worthy.” Flattering, to say the least. It got… 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 >>