Arielle Schaffer - White

Program: Combined Medicine and Pediatrics
Medical School: University of California, San Francisco, MD


I grew up in Santa Ynez, a small town in central California.  I attended college at Lewis & Clark College in Portland Oregon, majoring in Biology with a minor in Gender Studies.  I loved the Pacific Northwest so stayed after graduation working as a nanny and a medical scribe. I met my husband in Portland and convinced him to move with my temperamental cat and me to San Francisco to attend medical school at UCSF. Outside of medicine I love to garden, cook, and explore the outdoors.

Why I Chose Michigan

I was impressed with Michigan's friendly, collaborative atmosphere.  The ways the institution supports resident wellness and work-life balance while maintaining a rigorous training felt like an ideal training environment. My husband and I were also drawn to the Ann Arbor’s great restaurants and amazing outdoor activities.