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Curriculum Highlights

Bringing Out Your Best

Build on a tradition of excellence to improve health care for all.

Our curriculum features systems-based scientific foundational learning integrated with in-depth clinical training across all four years of the program.

Here are the highlights of what sets us—and ultimately you—apart:

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Supportive mentors, small group settings

Through M-Home, students find support in small groups with longitudinal learning experiences across their four years of training. They are part of a team of exceptional students, problem-solving together and expanding each other’s sense of inquiry and discovery. Our dedicated faculty coaches foster a collaborative learning environment and individualized professional development.

Early Engagement with Patients

Preparing the best physicians for taking care of patients from all walks of life starts in the clinic. Beginning within your first month, you will be introduced to team-based clinical care in the Interprofessional Clinical Experience (ICE). Interprofessional education is a major part of ICE. You will learn from a variety of health care professionals in both inpatient and outpatient settings.

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Proven clinical training for success in residency and beyond

There is a reason why our graduates are consistently ranked among the top candidates by residency directors in U.S. News & World Report's Best Graduate Schools report: we provide comprehensive clinical training. You’ll have the opportunity to explore a variety of disciplines in medicine so you can make a meaningful choice and be more than ready to take the next step.

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Real-world leadership skills

The future of medicine needs physician leaders who are prepared to influence the systems of health care to improve health outcomes for patients and society. Our curriculum not only trains you to become an excellent clinician, but also helps you develop the necessary skills to lead meaningful change no matter where you serve.

Opportunities and time to focus on areas of interest

Challenges in how we address and deliver health care demand concentration of efforts in specific areas. Our Paths of Excellence run parallel to the core curriculum and feature mentorship, seminars, experiences and projects focused on specific issues at a systems level. Current Paths of Excellence include: Ethics, Global Health & Disparities, Health Policy, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Medical Humanities, Patient Safety/Quality Improvement/Complex Systems, Scholarship of Learning & Teaching, and Scientific Discovery.

Flexible assessments

One of the most popular features of the early curriculum is the flexibility of weekly examinations, which are typically open to take Friday afternoon through Sunday night. We trust you to manage your own schedule, take the exam when you’re ready, and still have a life with time to see your friends and family, participate in student groups or do whatever interests you.

Personalized learning support

In addition to peer and mentor support through M-Home, our learning specialist works with students to identify a wide spectrum of learning challenges and then develops targeted learning support plans to maximize students’ capabilities. There are many additional resources available on the greater University campus to help students with specific learning disabilities that our learning specialist can help students access when they need them.

Valued student voice

Michigan believes in seeking input and counsel from students on all aspects of the medical school experience, both formally and informally. This feedback provides invaluable insight and direction about what’s working and what can be improved in both content and delivery. As a student, you can participate in many ways: review each of the sequences, courses and clinical experiences; participate in pilot courses; become a member of the Student Advisory Committee for the new curriculum or as an integral member of the different workgroups; complete teaching evaluations and end-of-year surveys; and participate in Student Council activities or on one of the many student task forces that advise administration.

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Total tech support

Canvas is the cloud-based learning management system used by students and faculty at the University of Michigan Medical School. Designed to improve collaboration and integrate with external tools, Canvas offers innovative features to organize and manage the med student experience: tailored group information, real-time calendar feed, instructional workflows, peer grading, outcome mapping, project-specific rubrics, personalized data analytics and instructor annotations. The companion iSeek search tool provides an easy, intuitive way to access to these resources. Students also share their notes among peers and between classes through a student-run wiki site.