M-Home is the new longitudinal learning community rolling out this fall at Michigan Med. M2 Kylie Steenbergh has been involved in the development of M-Home since the beginning of her first year of med school.
On May 29, current med students were sorted into one of four houses within M-Home, followed by the inaugural M-Home Olympics. Kylie shares her experience as a student representative during the curriculum transformation, and how being involved in this process ended up transforming her in the most surprising ways.
“I initially became involved by chance when I decided to apply for the student representative position. At the time, I did not have any particular interest in medical education. As I became more involved in the process, I began to realize that my lack of interest was not due to the subject matter, but rather lack of previous opportunity to participate in the creation of a curriculum.
I was very happy with the first annual M-Home Olympics. Many of the students had no idea what to expect, which was similar to our feelings at the initial planning meetings. The games were a lot of fun, however my favorite part was looking around and not only seeing but also feeling a sense of community among the medical students.
I think communicating with the other students has been both one of my favorite parts of being a student representative, but also the hardest. Medical school can seem daunting at the times, so I enjoy being the person that is able to reassure other students, both current and prospective, that they can make it through and one day will be physicians. This is especially highlighted through the mentoring and longitudinal connections within M-Home.
As a first-year medical student, I was presented with many opportunities I did not expect, including representing M-Home at a curriculum meeting for the entire medical school, meetings with deans and other leaders in the medical field, and establishing connections with current faculty. I was fortunate enough to meet a few upperclassmen through friends, chance encounters and previous leaders of organizations.
This summer I will be traveling to Ethiopia to work on a research project also related to medical education. I would not have had this opportunity if I had not connected with an upperclassman early in my first year. As the longitudinal community here at UMMS becomes more established, my hope is that these types of connections will become more natural and salient.
I think it is inevitable that being a physician will become part of your identity. Medical school is just as much about deciding what you want that identity to be, so I encourage all medical students to make sure you take the time to explore all of the opportunities you are presented. It is then that we can become engaged members of the community and truly be able to provide the best possible care to our future patients.”