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.

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 >>

On being a student

Perhaps those most likely to read this–students and perhaps aspiring students–are among those most affected by this phenomenon known as studying. I have not devoted much time to thinking about this conceptually, as when I am consumed by “studying” I have no time for philosophical meanderings, and when I am not, I have little desire… Read more >>

“Lub dub:” Listening to many hearts

Sometimes I wish I were Hermione Granger in my third year of Hogwarts so I could use a time turner! Then I remember I can stream lectures at 2X and gleefully embrace the magic of technology. I may not be trying to save Buckbeak this week, but it sure has been a busy one of… Read more >>

Workin’ hard, or hardly workin’? (Spoiler: it’s the first one.)

Geez, I thought time passed quickly last year… It’s already mid-October?!? We’ve plowed through three sequences since the beginning of the year: cardiovascular, pulmonary, and renal. Tomorrow we start with the first of two weeks of clinically-focused activities and, while it will be no walk in the park (pretty sure revisiting physical exam techniques is… Read more >>

Football Saturdays

Judging by the fact that this is being posted in the hours leading up to Michigan’s (hopefully) victory over Northwestern, I am not in the Big House right now. I love Michigan football, but unfortunately I came to the conclusion many years ago that I am far too short to enjoy a game in the… Read more >>

Life in the big house (hospital)

Third year is flying by. Surgery was exhausting, but much more exciting that pediatrics. Here is what I learned during my surgery and neurology rotations: 1) I am a better fit for surgery than pediatrics. I rotated through general surgery, vascular surgery, acute care surgery, and orthopaedic surgery over the past 2 months. It is… Read more >>