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Students raising awareness for Big House event

One of the hallmarks of the Michigan Med experience is that you can pursue any number of passions while you are here. Many of our students have been responsible for bringing new experiences to life over the years.

What will be your legacy?

Admissions Ambassadors Program

Ambassadors have many opportunities to be involved in the UMMS Admissions process and are essential to making our Interview Day a success. Ambassadors participate in leading Untours, helping with Pizza House dinners, attending Interview Day lunches, hosting applicants or providing tours to visiting alumni. In addition, they give their insights and perspective on what Admissions should highlight to pre-meds, applicants and interviewees about their school. There are leadership opportunities available, such as being the Hosting Coordinator or Social Media Coordinator for the interview cycle or being an Interview Day Ambassador (IDA) for one of our 24 Hours in Blue. Finally, and most importantly, Admissions Ambassadors share their Michigan Med experience both during interview day and at Second Look Weekend as prospective students check out our school.

Clinical Experiences

You will be exposed to a variety of clinical settings from the beginning of your medical training. The Interprofessional Clinical Experience will give you the chance to enter the hospital setting and work with a medical professional once every other week. Sample sites include the VA inpatient clinic, Emergency Department, East Ann Arbor Geriatrics, Breast Cancer Clinic and Corner Health Clinic.

Volunteer opportunities in the community are also available through the Student Run Free Clinic and other area health centers.

Interprofessional Partnerships

Building health care teams of the future start with interprofessional education now. As a medical student, you will learn alongside students from the other seven University of Michigan health professional schools in a variety of encounters:

Medical Arts Program

The Medical Arts Program started in 2009 as a way for medical students, house officers and faculty to connect with the humanities and the arts as a means to becoming better physicians. Through a series of events that include gallery visits, theater and music performances, followed by group discussions, participants get a chance to explore the human experience through the arts. Students are invited to participate as Ambassadors to help promote and guide the program’s content each year.

Medicine in Spanish

The intermediate Medical Spanish elective aims to strengthen students' confidence in common patient interactions by focusing on useful phrases to interview and perform a physical exam in Spanish. Additionally, this course focuses on cultural competency and health issues that Hispanic patients face, including outreach within our community in collaboration with LANAMA. The course will also include several faculty-led Virtual Patient Encounters via Skype with patients in Peru. This course is intended to help prepare students for seeing patients in Spanish at the Student-Run Free Clinic and during clinic rotations in medical school and beyond.

Medicine in Spanish also offers an Advanced Discussion Group for those students who are native speakers or those who have already taken the intermediate course. It is a case-based discussion of particular diseases and the clinical thinking necessary to develop a diagnosis. 

Medicine in Mandarin Program

Medicine in Mandarin is offered as an elective course to help students develop the language skills needed to effectively interact with patients in Mandarin. Students with intermediate to advanced knowledge of spoken Mandarin are invited to apply to take this course. Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of a short essay, oral assessment and established commitment to working with Mandarin-speaking patients in their careers. Approximately 10 students are selected for this course each year.

M-Home Representatives

Part of the Student Council leadership, M-Home representatives are selected and retain their position for four years, progressing from M1 House Representative to M4 Student Director. Students work with other representatives, faculty House Directors and Deans to increase impact on the M-Home community. Other responsibilities include: planning monthly House events, coordinating M-Home Olympics, attending monthly House Director meetings, sending updates to your House, and planning the House sorting and Launch activities for next year’s M1 class.

Patient Populations

The Michigan Medicine is the top tertiary care center in Michigan, serving diverse populations from across the region, country and globe.

Whether through the curriculum, student organizations or volunteer opportunities, you will have the chance to care for those most in need, engaging with health equity issues of underserved and disadvantaged communities on and near campus.

SmallWorld

Do you have time for one coffee/beverage break every two weeks? Would you like to get to know your classmates better? Created by a med student, smallworld works with M-Home directors and representatives to strengthen the UMMS community across houses and years by randomly pairing students with each other. Time permitting, you’ll be connected to another student every two weeks. During the first year, more than 100 M1 students participated in smallworld in over 600 connections. You can learn more and join here.

Specialty Interest Groups

If you have an interest in a particular medical specialty, chances are there is a student interest group for it. These groups offer regularly scheduled events like faculty-student dinners, networking opportunities to find clinical and research mentors, and practical skills training. It’s easy to get involved, too!

Current Specialty Interest Groups include:

  • Anesthesiology Student Interest Group (ASIG)
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery Interest Group
  • Emergency Medicine Interest Group (EMIG)
  • Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG)
  • Integrative Medicine and Complementary and Alternative Medicine (ICAM)
  • Internal Medicine Interest Group (IMIG)
  • Michigan Radiology Interest Group (MRIG)
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • OB/GYN Interest Group
  • Oncology Interest Group
  • Ophthalmology Student Interest Group
  • Orthopaedic Surgery Student Interest Group (OSSIG)
  • Otolaryngology Medical Student Interest Group (OMSIG)
  • Pathology Medical Student Interest Group
  • Pediatric Interest Group
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Interest Group
  • Plastic Surgery Interest Group (PSIG)
  • Psychiatry Student Interest Group
  • Radiation Oncology Interest Group (ROIG)
  • Student Interest Group in Neurology (SIGN)
  • Surgeon Scientist Interest Group (SSIG)
  • Surgery Interest Group (SCRUBS)
  • Urology Interest Group
  • Wilderness Medicine Interest Group
  • Student Groups & Community Involvement

Student Council

The University of Michigan Medical School Student Council comprises several leadership positions across all four years, all of which serve to represent the student voice to medical school faculty and administration. Positions include: Class Advocates, Curriculum Representatives, Honor Council, IT Representatives, Learning Environment Task Force and M-Home Representatives.

Student Groups & Community Involvement

You do not have to give up what you love when you come to Michigan. Our campus hosts 75+ medical student groups, many of them founded by students.

Ranging from socially and academically focused, to service and identity oriented, these groups round out the medical student experience. You can choose to participate in as many as you would like!

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