#10 I lived a whole other life. I grew, matured, had a career, saw the world and discovered that medicine was where I really wanted to be.
#20 I think getting to know yourself is really important - not just for doing well in interviews, but also for having a fulfilling life. Take some time to reflect on what motivates you, what you enjoy, and lessons that you've learned so far in life. Are there obstacles you've overcome? Think about how you've grown from those experiences. It will not only bolster your confidence, it will also help you with your application and interviews.
#30 I think that one thing I did that contributed to a successful application process was working to place myself in situations outside of my comfort zone. I think that these situations helped me learn so much about myself. This increase in self-awareness was probably more helpful than any single experience I participated in.
#40 Nowadays, I think diversity in all forms is valued and appreciated so I don't view my race as any sort of obstacle. It just makes me unique.
Black males make up a significant minority of all medical students and we sadly continue to be less represented now in medical school than we were several decades ago. I just think there are stereotypes and psychological challenges that you have to deal with when applying, interviewing, and progressing through med school itself that only minorities can really understand.
Just understand that being a black male in medicine means responsibly mentoring aspiring doctors waiting in the wings and blazing the trail for those to come. You have to set a positive example because you are held to a high standard and there is a high expectation for you to represent the people closest to you well.
#50 Try to enjoy the process as much as possible and meet students from different programs! I am still in touch with some students at different medical schools that I met during interview days and Second Look Weekends. I wish I had been even more proactive about meeting students from different schools to make more friends in medical schools across the country.
#60 I appreciate the community at Michigan, full of inspiring and friendly people who are pursuing their passions for health care in so many different ways - whether through running the Student-Run Free Clinic, crafting healthcare policy briefs, working with asylum seekers, reaching out to younger students, or just refusing to leave their creative interests at the door.
#70 The people are friendly and, though certainly driven to succeed in this setting, nonetheless explore a wide range of other interests outside of the classroom and wards. I myself enjoy many things outside of medicine so I appreciate having this in common.
#80 Michigan Med cares about me as a student and a human. I was in a long distance marriage and Michigan Med has gone above and beyond to be understanding about any unique needs I had. I found that if I communicated my needs in advance, they were more than willing to work with me.
#90 I have amazing classmates, incredible clinical instruction, and the flexibility to pursue my personal interests in medicine.”
#100 I've had a fantastic time at Michigan Med. This school really encourages students to be active contributors to their own education. Here, I feel like my opinions and ideas matter. I chose Michigan because I felt an incredibly strong sense of community and school pride from the moment I set foot on campus.