Ann Arbor, MI, a city ranked #1 as the "Best Place To Live" according to Liveability.com (https://livability.com/best-places/top-100-best-places-tolive/2018/mi/an...) in 2018. Restaurants and shops coexisting next door to lecture halls and research institutes. Outdoor opportunities such as kayaking, biking, and trail running exist all around the Ann Arbor (often called “A2”) metro area, and the city is also home to an array of exciting events ranging from Big Ten collegiate athletics to the annual Ann Arbor Art Festival. Ann Arbor is also home to some of the most beloved restaurants in the Midwestern US, cool shopping, live music, and tons of public art.
You can read more about life in Ann Arbor in the Go Blue Guide to Life at Michigan Medicine (https://goblueguide.medicine.umich.edu/).
Outside of Ann Arbor is the Detroit Metropolitan Area: the Detroit-Warren-Ann Arbor combined statistical area (CSA) contains over 5 million people, with incredible variety and diversity. Metro Detroit is home to multicultural neighborhoods and cities like Hamtramack and Dearborn, world-class museums such as the Detroit Institute of Art and Henry Ford Museum, legendary nightlife and arts scenes, professional sports franchises, and much, much more.
The University of Michigan Medical Center is just 35 minutes away from the Detroit International Airport, a Delta Airlines hub with nonstop international departures to the likes of Beijing, Shanghai, Seoul, Tokyo, Nagoya, London, Paris, and Rome, with other airlines providing. Closer to home, A2 residents are within 5 hour drives of Toronto, Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus Ohio, Cincinnati, and Indianapolis.
If cities aren't your speed, there's also the Great Outdoors. Michigan has more freshwater shoreline than any other state, providing for fishing, kayaking, and boating opportunities. There's rock climbing in Grand Ledge; racing vehicles on the nearly 10 story dunes of Silver Lake; diving to shipwrecks in Alpena; and hiking and camping "up north" in both the “mitten” of the Lower Peninsula and the beautiful Upper Peninsula. Skiing, snowboarding, snowmobile riding, and snowshoeing are all available winter activities throughout the state, which is also home to a number of National Parks such as the Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore and Isle Royale National Park (the least visited national park in the lower 48 states!).
Our fellows socialize together outside of work, including get-togethers with faculty and families. The University Hospital South Wellness Center is an easily accessible onsite wellness center at UH South (physically connected to the Sleep Disorders Center's primary space on campus) with a variety of physical activity equipment and services. Additional wellness resources are available through the MHealthy initiative. (link is external)
Top Photo: "Ann Arbor Art Fair 2007_05" by Corvair Owner is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0
Bottom Photo: "Pictured Rocks, Michigan #PureMichigan" by Tatiana12 is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0