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.
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.
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 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.
Medical Spanish Program
Medical Spanish is offered as formal pre-clinical and clinical electives to help students achieve fluency and work as fully competent Spanish-English medical providers. By graduation, students will be able to take patients histories, conduct physical exams and discuss treatment options in Spanish, in addition to understanding aspects of Latino culture that can influence patient health and health care choices.
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.
Students are actively involved in many aspects of our curriculum transformation. Pilot courses give you the chance to not only try something new, but also directly influence the design and delivery of the curriculum for future students. Current examples of pilot courses offered in the Branches include longitudinal clerkships and the IMPACT program.
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 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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