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Why I Chose Medicine: Complexities of Health Care Drive Me To Be A Physician

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“Why did you choose medicine?”

I get that a lot. In fact, these may be words that doctors hear the most. Well, maybe second only to “I was googling my symptoms and I think I may have...”

I mentioned in one my previous posts that I grew up in a rural farm town in Northern California before being admitted to the College of Human Medicine. Yup, California is more than sandy beaches and a coastline.

Growing up surrounded by farms meant that I was able to see the fruits ripen and flowers blossom all around me. Kiwi and strawberries in the winter/spring, peaches and plums in summer, and grapes, almonds, and walnuts in the fall. If you are a fan of the Mediterranean diet, this is the place to be.

I watched as the farm workers pulled ripe fruit off trees, one by one. Many wore hats to protect themselves from sun exposure, with no air conditioning in their immediate future.

Sweat dripping down their faces and clothes full of dirt, they climbed ladders trying to reach every bit of fruit to…

Flexible Intersessions Enable Students to Pursue Personal Interests, Strengthen Areas of Difficulty

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The Shared Discovery Curriculum (SDC) is a very different curriculum. Of the many ways it differs from your more traditional medical school curricula, the SDC enhances the learning-through-experience mode of training by including personal learning plans.
Intersessions are one of the ways each student can customize their experience at the College of Human Medicine. A series of focused topic study courses, Intersessions provide an opportunity for students to dive into particular areas of strength, weakness, and/or interest.

Each intersession schedule is tailored to the student.

These four-week mini-courses fill in the gaps between the Early Clinical Experience (ECE) and the Middle Clinical Experience (MCE) as well as the MCE and Late Clinical Experience (LCE) prior to the USMLE Step 1 Exam.

Shared Discovery Curriculum Intersessions from MSU MD on Vimeo.
"This is different than other medical training programs in that you get to choose what you want to take, which is great because ev…

A New Reality: Notable Challenges and Surprises in My First Year of Medical School

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Spartan MD Students Graduating to Residency Positions Across the Map Following Spring Match Process

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Graduation for the College of Human Medicine Class of 2018 is this weekend as we prepare to give our best wishes to the next crop of Spartan MD's.


Including students who participated in the National Residency Match Program (NRMP), students who participated in the Advanced Match, and students who participated in the Military Match, 96 percent of those seeking residency secured a match this past March.

A total 37,103 applicants entered the match for 33,167 positions, the most ever offered in the Match. Both of those figures are record-highs that made the 2018 Main Residency Match the largest match on record, according to the NRMP.

The College of Human Medicine (CHM) contributed 163 students to that total. From those who matched, 42.5 percent are entering a primary care residency, the exact same percentage from a year ago for the Class of 2017.

While the percentage is the same, there were particular changes to the top six specialties:

1. Internal Medicine (23 graduates)
2. Pediatri…

Medical Students Use Spring Break to Care for Patients

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