M-Home

Your People

A longitudinal learning community designed with you in mind.

M-Home encourages student input and engagement at all levels, from planning wellness activities to developing and implementing a peer mentor program, as well as other initiatives designed to improve the student experience. Medical school is a time of tremendous growth, new experiences and challenges unique to every individual. That’s why you’ll be welcomed into M-Home right from the start.

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On your first day of Launch, you will find out which House you are in, and you will immediately begin interacting with fellow House members and your House director. Within your House, you will join a smaller Doctoring group with 10-12 students that is led by two faculty instructors. One of these faculty members will become your coach.

M-Home anchors your Michigan experience with five pillars:

  • Coaching
  • Community
  • Educational Enrichment
  • Service Learning
  • Wellness

Your academic success is the primary focus of what we do. The role of your faculty coach is to provide guidance and support throughout your entire time in medical school. You will meet one-on-one regularly with your coach to help identify and achieve your goals. Together you will develop a learning plan that evolves as your training progresses. In addition to the faculty coaches and peer mentors within your House, you have access to a dedicated House Counselor, a Learning Specialist, a comprehensive collection of insider info through the Med Student Gateway sponsored by the Office of Medical Student Education, and many resources available through our Office for Health Equity and Inclusion.

Coaching

Your academic success is the primary focus of what we do. The role of your faculty coach is to provide guidance and support throughout your entire time in medical school. You will meet one-on-one regularly with your coach to help identify and achieve your goals. Together you will develop a learning plan that evolves as your training progresses. In addition to the peers and faculty coaches within your House, you have access to a dedicated House Counselor, a comprehensive collection of insider info through the Med Students Gateway sponsored by the Office of Medical Student Education, and many resources available through our Office for Health Equity and Inclusion.

M-Home Olympics tug of war

Community

When you arrive on campus, you inherit an instant community with M-Home. You will get to know students from other classes. They will be your teammates in house competitions, like M-Home Olympics, the Bone Marrow Drive and the Canned Food Challenge. They will be the eMpower peers and mentors you will meet with periodically throughout the year to ask questions and seek advice. The members of this community, which include your House director and House faculty, will be your closest network and biggest cheerleaders along the way. Your House director hosts regular office hours throughout the year for one-on-one meetings when you need them, too.

Educational Enrichment

M-Home supports many activities that offer an extension of the learning taking place in the classroom and in the clinic. M-Home Reads is a book club that takes place once per semester and is open to all students, faculty and staff. This is an opportunity for our community to discuss topics that intersect our lives in the study and practice of medicine. The discussions are typically co-facilitated by a faculty member and a student. Medical School Grand Rounds is a student-led program that offers medical students an opportunity to share experiences that increase awareness and provide insight into that student’s passions and achievements related to medicine.

Service Learning

Giving back while you train to become a doctor will help you connect with your community within and outside of med school. Through M-Home Serves, students participate in a service day during Launch. All of the M1 students along with 20+ faculty go to various sites around Ann Arbor to help where needed, whether volunteering in a clinic or helping with park beautification. The goal is to strengthen relationships with local agencies while better understanding the lives of the people we serve. Our service learning program is continuing to evolve with the help of students and faculty — we look forward to your input!

Students visit with therapy dog

Wellness

M-Home supports many wellness initiatives on campus to provide students with an outlet to manage and relieve stress in healthy and productive ways. Many activities are connected with our Professional Identity and Balance efforts. These include: mindfulness workshops, wellness weeks, sponsoring an Active U team, and other programming.

Medical students are extremely busy and are pulled in many different directions, so it’s critical for them to spend time wisely and prioritize accordingly. Students will become even more involved in choosing, planning and executing M-Home events and activities as M-Home continues to become more integrated within the other aspects of our curriculum to enrich the student experience. We are here to work closely with them to support their efforts.

Justine Hein, M-Home Program Manager