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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 with plenty of opportunity to make an impact while you train.

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. You 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 with a special focus on your well-being.

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 at one of the country’s top medical schools and hospital systems with the best and brightest faculty 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 to make an impact that interests you

Addressing challenges in health care should not have to be put on hold for med school. Our Impact curriculum provides the framework for you to take on the problems that matter most to you, culminating in a Capstone for Impact project that is uniquely yours. You can choose to make an impact via a Path of Excellence, the Leadership Program, a dual degree, or in one of four Branch concentrations.

Flexible assessments

One of the most popular features of our first-year curriculum is the flexibility of weekly examinations, which are typically open to take Friday afternoon through Sunday night. Flextime quizzing helps to ease you into the rigors of med school, allowing you to take the exam when you’re ready, maintain some control over your own schedule, and still make 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. Med school faculty coaches, along with Branch, Leadership and Capstone advisors, and OHEI faculty are available to provide additional guidance as needed in all four years. 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. Check out the Med School Squad.

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 review sequences, courses and clinical experiences; participate in pilot courses; join the Student Advisory Committee; complete evaluations and end-of-year surveys; and/or participate in Student Council activities.