Plus One (or More)
There are many resources at the University of Michigan Medical School, and the greater campus community, to help you and your family successfully make the transition to and through the next four (or more) years.
While being a partner, spouse and/or parent in med school is not an anomaly, it can feel overwhelming getting settled into your new routine and lifestyle as a med student with a family. In true Michigan style, we asked our current students with families about resources they know and love to give you a better idea of what to expect.
"Medical school with a family is a team sport. Ask for help whether it's from the school, your spouse, or your kids." -Juan, M3
Best Resources for Med Students with Families
Without a doubt, our med students say that other med students with families were most helpful in figuring out how to balance it all, lean on for support and generally be a good sounding board. Many students with families connect through Winding Roads, our student organization for non-trads.
M-Home House Counselors
When you join a house within M-Home, you will be assigned a House Counselor. Your counselor is there to talk to about any personal issues, extenuating circumstances or questions you may have. They are here to listen and help. Med students with families cite their House Counselor as the number one person to talk to on campus about any concerns at school.
Family-Friendly Policies and Benefits
Med students enjoy many benefits and support during their training with us. These include GradCare health insurance for themselves and their qualifying partners, spouses and/or children, child care subsidies, and campus amenities like lactation rooms. For students seeking maternity and/or paternity leave, your House Counselor will work very closely with you to understand your needs and wants, and then work collaboratively with you and the administration to create a plan to accommodate these needs.
Some students choose to purchase a home, or rent in nearby communities while other students choose to live closer to campus in family-friendly grad student housing, like Northwood. Check out other housing options here.
Child Care and Schools
There are many options to choose from when it comes to child care and schools in Ann Arbor, highly regarded for its excellent public school system. University of Michigan Child Care Centers offer three locations on campus. U-M Family Helpers can cover care for short-term situations. Kids Kare is an backup option when children are sick, which the University will subsidize up to 40 hours.
If your significant other plans to seek employment in Ann Arbor, the University of Michigan Human Resources department offers a list of places to start the search and get a sense of what jobs are available.
More Recommended Resources
Our med students also highly rate the following websites:
Students with Children
Resources include assistance in locating child care, subsidy programs, University policies, sources of social support and information about family friendly activities.
Work/Life Resource Center
Includes information on how to find child care, back-up emergency care and family helpers, plus extensive resources for expectant parents, and a list of lactation rooms on campus.
Rackham Grad Students with Children
Information to help parents quickly transition into life at the University of Michigan and in Ann Arbor.
Ann Arbor & Surrounding Communities
Highly ranked and rated, Ann Arbor tops many lists, including #1 Best Place to Live (2018, Livibility.com) and #4 “Best City to Raise a Family” (2017, Niche.com). Our med students love exploring the Ann Arbor area's many local parks and playgrounds, museums, festivals, libraries, sports events and more with their families.
Day trips to Detroit and Toledo to visit their zoos, spending an afternoon at a nearby orchard picking fruit or kayaking on the Huron River give you even more options for quality time.