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 personal leadership coach.
Your M-Home experience embraces community building, coaching, well-being, creating a culture of authenticity and peer mentorship and development.
When you arrive on campus, you will inherit an instant community through M-Home. You will welcomed by students from other classes, and they will be your teammates in house competitions, like the M-Home Olympics and our “Med School versus Law School” trivia nights. They will be the eMpower peers and mentors who guide you through paths they have already walked. They will be open and share their successes and challenges with you. Along with your Doctoring faculty, your House Director and House Counselor provide an additional layer of support and connection. These are the people in your corner.
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. These are just a handful of the people you can count on in your Med School Squad.
Did You Know?
Some of our faculty contributed to developing the framework of academic coaching, authoring chapters and co-editing a guide for medical educators in Coaching in Medical Education: A Faculty Handbook. Read more about this publication here.
Why does M-Home exist? Because in medical school you will feel stronger than you have ever felt. And more vulnerable. We need people who will see us through the tough stuff (because, tomorrow, we might be the one helping them through the tough stuff).
Creating a Culture of Authenticity
M-Home encourages student engagement and leadership at all levels, from planning well-being activities to developing and implementing a peer mentor program, as well as other initiatives designed to foster deep connections, bonds and mutual support. M-Home collaborates with the Leadership Development Program to present their small group learning sessions within your House group.
M-Home activities present students with opportunities to meaningfully interact, form networks and connect with peers at various stages in their learning journeys. These activities range from fun and social, like M-Home Olympics, CAMP, and board game nights, to challenging and thought-provoking, like the Parallel Universe faculty Q&A series, brain training and mindfulness exercises. These events bring our community together to break down silos, build trust and learn from each other.
M-Home relies on student leadership to bring our community building efforts to life. M-Home representatives are part of the UMMS Student Council and help to develop programming for their peers as part of a high-level team with faculty and staff to build authentic connections and relationships within the medical school experience.
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.
M-Home supports well-being for all students. We foster many outlets to help you manage and relieve stress in healthy and productive ways, build resilience with the fluctuations of life during med school, make thoughtful choices to reduce harm, and promote meaning and purpose every day. Many activities are connected with our Professional Identity and Balance efforts. These include: mindfulness workshops, The Healer's Art course, wellness weeks, sponsoring an Active U team, and other programming.