Thursday, September 21, 2017

First Twitter Chat of the 2017-2018 Cycle Set Near End of September

The College of Human Medicine Office of Admissions has announced the first of their two fall Twitter Chats of the 2017-2018 cycle.

Those interested in learning more about the college and/or admissions process can join us on Wednesday, September 27th at 8pm ET/5pm PT. It is the third straight fall the admissions office has planned the initiative, a platform allowing curious and potential applicants to ask any questions they may have on a variety of topics.

Admissions staff will once again be joined by a panel of Early Clinical Experience (ECE) and Middle Clinical Experience (MCE) students.

Last year, the group touched on several topics including the innovative Shared Discovery Curriculum and the college's community campuses.

"Our fall Twitter Chats allow current and potential applicants the opportunity to engage directly with the college and members of our student body," says Francisco Velazquez, Communications Coordinator for the college's Office of Admissions.

Velazquez also says having the chat on Twitter allows the college to connect with students in a setting they're comfortable with, one in which you can participate from home.

He adds: "It's really helpful for those wanting to learn more about the admissions process and what it's sincerely like to be a College of Human Medicine student."

Log onto Twitter and follow our account at @MDadmissions. Join the chat by tweeting us directly or using the hashtag #SpartanMDChat. People can also send in questions ahead of time at mdadmissions@msu.edu and the students will be sure to address them.

NOTE: The time of the event has been changed from 7pm to 8pm. 

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Profile for the College of Human Medicine Entering Class of 2017

This week marks the first as official medical students for the college's entering class. With another great white coat ceremony in the books, the College of Human Medicine (CHM) Office of Admissions has released the class profile, closing the chapter on the 2016-2017 cycle.

Among other notable stats is the fact that the college officially surpassed 7,000 applications last year, steadily increasing from 6,488 and 6,819 over the last two years, respectively.

With an interview process that runs from September to March, the college met with close to 500 excellent applicants. From those 490 students, CHM is happy to welcome 191 matriculants this year to the nation's pioneer in community-based medicine.

Just over three-quarters are from the state of Michigan, allowing an uptick of out-of-state students. While out-of-state students typically make up about 20 percent of each class, it is not too abnormal to see non-Michiganders make up to a quarter of the class. 


Of the 24% that come from other states and provinces, 28 are from California. Other states and provinces represented include Alaska, Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, Montana, New York, Ohio, Ontario, Pennsylvania, and Washington. 

A quarter of the class does come from rural areas while 29% of students self-designated as from an underserved area. Almost half of our entering class reported disadvantage or were identified as disadvantaged by American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) based upon family income or parental level of education. 

Thirty percent of matriculants identify as Underrepresented in Medicine, meaning those from racial and ethnic populations that are underrepresented in the medical profession relative to their numbers in the general population.

This studious group obtained 198 undergraduate degrees and ten students completed double degrees. Many of them, 24 to be exact, went on to obtain Master's degrees and two bring to medical school a previous doctorate (PhD, PharmD). 

The most popular undergraduate degree was Biology—the choice of 87 students. That number swells to 169 when you include all other science-related majors. 

CHM does not prefer one major over another, so the class is also well represented with non-science majors that include: Accounting, Anthropology (including Evolutionary and Social), Art, Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies, Asian Humanities, Athletic Training, Business Administration, Chicano/Chicana Studies, Classical Archeology, Dance, Economics, English, Education, International Studies, Music, Organizational Leadership, Organizational Studies, Psychology, Public Health, Public Policy, Sociology, Spanish, and Women’s and Gender Studies.

New first-year students, or Early Clinical Experience (ECE) students, mean last year's ECE students moved on to their second year of training, or the Middle Clinical Experience. With the Shared Discovery Curriculum entering its second fall, this is the first year that ALL College of Human Medicine students will have weekly experiences in the clinical environment, seeing patients and interacting with other medical professionals.

You can also see class profiles for the last five entering classes on our web site's future applicants page.  

Friday, August 4, 2017

Is My Application Already Late?: Details and Tips for Delayed Medical School Applications

As an applicant to medical school, you may have heard more than enough reasons to apply early in the admissions process. Applying early in the timeline has traditionally been and continues to be an important step in ensuring an applicant is as competitive as possible.

Ideally, students should be ready to apply to MD schools once the AMCAS opens for submission in early June.

But what if a student is unable to apply at that time? Does the timing of an application have as much of an impact since more and more schools have moved toward holistic admissions?

Deadlines for submission vary by institution but are typically towards the end of the fall with some schools allowing applications through November. So then what is considered late?

As with much of the admissions process, the answers to these questions depend on where you apply and why you haven't been able to submit.

In regards to the MSU College of Human Medicine (CHM), applying anytime through the month of August is best. Applications that come in September and October are considered late in context to the entire application pool. Our AMCAS application deadline is November 1st.

"We work on a rolling admissions basis, meaning you want to submit your application early rather than later," says Elizabeth Lyons, admissions counselor for the CHM Office of Admissions.

But while applying late isn't optimal, the important thing is to apply when ready. Ensuring your application is as competitive as can be should be the priority.

"You want to submit your best application. With that being said, some applicants have to be realistic when thinking about the timing of their application," Lyons says. 

When the calendar turns to September and October, there still is potential with schools like CHM who review applicants holistically, provided your academic record is strong and, most importantly, your fit aligns with the mission of the college.

CHM conducts interviews through February for the regular applicant pool and our admissions process is structured such that seats remain available for applicants who are reviewed and interviewed later in the application cycle.

While applying late can be risky, competitive applicants may still have a decent chance, depending on how competitive your application is compared to this cycle's applicant pool.

But not all schools are the same.

By September and even August in some cases, application committees have a large pool of qualified students who submitted their applications early​. With a limited number of interview invitations available, some schools may be more likely to reject late applicants for various reasons: lack of remaining interview spots, implicit bias against later applications, interpretive assumptions about late applications, and so on.

"If one is waiting on summer grades or an MCAT score to be submitted then they definitely can work on the application and be ready to submit as soon as they receive them," Lyons points out. But don't put this off any later than needed.

Many medical schools will not consider your application and do not offer interview invitations until your MCAT scores are received, so having timely MCAT results is essential.  

Beyond the MCAT scores, many schools do not allow updates of any kind. Some applicants will make the mistake of applying early with the assumption that they will later be able to submit additional supportive materials that they ultimately need or, at the very least, would have been really beneficial. Many medical schools, however, assume that you believe you are presenting your best application at the point of submission.

Potential applicants really need to consider when their application will be at its peak. Sometimes, that means considering the tough choice of sitting this cycle out and applying next year.

Lyons explains that, "Every applicant has a story and reasons to apply at different times. I would highly recommend applicants who are still attempting to gain a significant amount of clinical or community service before submitting the application to think about applying the following cycle."

With the amount of financial and emotional stress that goes into the application process, why risk applying if your application isn't ready?

If you still need some time before submitting your application, reviewing your potential schools can be very helpful in determining what each considers is late and how much that will affect your application.

In the end, Lyons insists, "The main takeaway is that you want to make sure that the application is your best, no matter when you apply. You don’t want to rush your application just for the sake of applying and not having to take a gap year."

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates during the admissions cycle on the process, deadlines, and other admissions-related topics. 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Third-Year Student Highlights First Half of Medical School Experience One Second At A Time

After being introduced by a friend to 1 Second Everyday, an app that allows users to create video diaries and visual stories by stitching together daily second-long snippets, third-year College of Human Medicine (CHM) student, Abhay Dhaliwal, was intrigued by the concept.

He was an undergrad at the University of Michigan when Dhaliwal decided to download the app and recorded seconds of his life through moments like graduation and, ultimately, the medical school admissions process.

It was then, as he was snapping videos in the months leading up to medical school, that he had an idea.

No one, to Dhaliwal's knowledge, had created a video journal solely of single second-long videos to share their medical school experience. After being accepted to CHM, Dhaliwal decided he would document his days as a med student...one second at a time.

What started out as a simple way to journal this important time ended up becoming "way more than that," according to Dhaliwal.

Now two years later, Dhaliwal recently uploaded a video containing snippets from every day of his first half of medical school, entitled, "Hey, How's Med School?' Let Me Show You."

The video starts off from the beginning of his med school journey at the College of Human Medicine White Coat Ceremony and, within seconds, takes off in a variety of directions.

We talked to Dhaliwal to learn more about the project and his motivations. Watch the awesome video below, followed by our Q&A.



Where did the idea for the project come from? 

The idea came from a friend while at the University of Michigan. He had been using the application for the entire year of 2014 and posted his video on Facebook. I thought it was really cool and interesting.

In fact, I wished I had come across it before I started undergrad. There were so many great memories that I wish I could have captured. I knew I couldn't go back in time, so I figured I'd document everything going forward and wound up posting a video of the months leading up to medical school.

The idea to document medical school was partly just a continuation of what I had been doing before. Additionally, I hadn’t come across anyone who had done or was doing what I was planning to do as a student at CHM. I was aware of the many journals and blogs about what medical school is like, but I didn't think anyone had created what is essentially a video journal of single seconds to document their medical school experience.

It mainly started as a way for me to see my progression through medical school and look back at all the things I have done, but it became way more than that. It transformed into a way for my friends and I to be able to reflect back on great memories. In 20-30 years, my friends and I will be able to tell you exactly what we did each day of medical school. Who else can say that?


How do you remember to record moments from EVERY, SINGLE day?
 
So the app gives a few notifications and reminders, but it still was initially hard to remember to take a video. There were days in the beginning when I would do cool things and forget to record it.

Now, it has become a part of my daily life. It’s a habit. I naturally record things and usually shoot multiple videos throughout the day. When it's time to import the videos into the app, I simply pick the one I like the most.


How has the experience of documenting the first two years of medical school been for you? 

The experience has been great! I am so happy that I decided to do this and I hope everyone enjoys watching the video.

My favorite part of doing this is being able to show everyone what I did every day in a much more in-depth way than what pictures can portray. It’s quick, fun, and keeps your attention because if you look away for a moment, you’ve already started to miss days.


Is there anything that you’ve noticed through the lens of your phone about medical school that you don’t think you would have noticed had you not done this project?
 
I think the biggest thing this project has taught me is that life flies by so fast. I clearly remember white coat day. To think that it has been almost two years since then is crazy.

Something I noticed is that the months and years go by even quicker the older I get. No one is going to be around forever, so it’s up to us to make the most of our time. I just wanted to make and document the best memories possible. This project challenges me to do that. I easily could have made each video of every day just me studying or sitting at a desk, but that would be boring.  That's not how I want to remember my medical school experience.

Everyone knows medical school is a lot of work and a lot of studying. But those outside of medical school don’t exactly know what we do on a day-to-day basis. We can tell them what we do, but it’s different than actually seeing it first-hand. I wanted to show people, and myself, that medical school is more than just studying. It can be fun, but it’s up to you. Doing this project forced me to try new activities and do things differently. It has positively impacted me in that way.


We see a lot of friends and fellow CHM students in the video. What’s their take on the project?

My friends love the project! Everyone who I have spoken with about what I'm doing has thought it was really interesting. I'm sure I annoyed some people by constantly taking videos, but I have no shame!

I get funny looks all the time when I am recording things or people will ask me why am I recording. But those people that know what I'm doing were very interested in being part of the project.


Lastly, is this something you will continue your final two years as a student at our Southeast Community Campus?

Yes, I fully intend on continuing this project over the next two years. I have already talked with the social media person at the hospital and I know what I can/cannot record or include in my videos.

These next several years will be very different from the first two years and I am looking forward to being able to watch the final video in 2019. I think the best part of this project will be watching this after graduation and reminiscing about all the memories we made during medical school.

It will be a great way to look back on how far we have come and how much we have grown as individuals.

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We can't wait to see it, Abhay. Best of luck!

Friday, June 9, 2017

Choosing Where to Apply to Medical School Means Balancing Several Important Factors

With over 150 combined accredited MD- and DO-granting medical schools across the country, how
do you decide to which schools to apply?

The Association of American Medical College (AAMC) says that most students typically apply to about 16 schools. Applicants can apply to as many schools as they wish, but each student's situation is different and so you must decide how many schools is reasonable and, frankly, affordable for you.

Beyond the AMCAS, additional costs include secondary application fees as well as potential interview/travel expenses. For those eligible, the AAMC Fee Assistance Program is a good option to help alleviate a big chunk of those costs.

While it's certainly an investment in your future, the money and time you spend filling out secondary essays, interviewing, acquiring letters and other paperwork will be substantial.

Deciding which schools to apply to means doing a bit of research and streamlining your focus to identify which schools are worth the money and time as a potential landing spot for your medical education. Each applicant should have a good mix of schools to consider, so research can go a long way into recognizing the schools for which you would be competitive.

Plainly put, it would be wise to find a balance between where you (1) believe your candidacy would be the strongest and (2) where you could see yourself training for the next four-plus years.


1. Comparing the Figures


MSAR
Comparing your academic record with admissions stats from your list of schools will help you determine where your figures will be competitive.

The AAMC's Medical School Admission Requirements (MSAR) database is a great tool for getting a more detailed look at each school. Do note, however, that there is a fee to gain access.

With a comprehensive listing of U.S. medical schools, potential applicants can review school-specific admissions requirements along with all of the applicant and acceptance statistics. Compare your GPA--especially the science GPA--- and MCAT scores among other factors.

Yet, as more schools take a holistic approach to admissions, comparing grades and scores is just a start.

Resident Preferences and Out-of-State Figures
If you're looking at schools outside your state, it's helpful to see what percentages of out-of-state applicants typically are accepted at each of your respective options. Research the figures and decide if it's worth a try. 

While some schools only accept in-state students, many schools like the College of Human Medicine (CHM) do prioritize room for students outside the state. At MSU, we believe that non-Michigan resident diversity is an important component of every CHM entering class. Approximately 20-25 percent of each CHM incoming class is from outside of Michigan.

Tuition Costs
The age-old question: How much does it cost?

Let's face it, medical school is expensive. Wherever you decide to go will most likely carry a hefty price, so it's good to know at least a range for how much each school will cost. Typically, applicants can find that out in the MSAR as well or on the school's website.

Of course, this is only an initial look as it's still too early to know the financial aid packages that each school can offer. Don't be overwhelmed by what you see. Rather than concentrating solely on cost at this point, perhaps a better question to pose should be, "Is this particular school worth it?"

Do they offer the precise elements you are looking for in a medical school? For example, if you plan on a career in research, it may be worth it to apply to a school with higher tuition for the additional research opportunities. For those who have ambitions of working with underserved communities, many students have found CHM's community-based history and community campus model attractive. 

The worth depends on how you value what the school offers and what traits it crosses of your checklist. And one thing applicants should certainly place value in is fit.


2. Finding the Fit


Finding the right fit is about asking the right questions and being honest with yourself.

In the following you'll find a set of helpful questions to consider. But each person is different, so along with these questions, think about what's important in a medical school for you. Think about the
medical school traits that you believe will help you succeed in training and, ultimately, as a physician.

Academics and Programming
-Is the education style and/or curriculum format good for me?
 The reality is that every medical school can train you to be a doctor. Yet it's in the way they train you that can drastically differ. Curriculum and the academic structure of the various medical programs should be an important factor in your decision.

Some students prefer a lecture-heavy curriculum while others find small-group and activity-driven curricula more appealing. The College of Human Medicine's new Shared Discovery Curriculum, for instance, is reinventing medical school training with an innovative, modern approach to adult-learning that uses small groups (or "learning societies") as the active engine for the curriculum.

The Shared Discovery is also an integrated curriculum that blends learning with action, introducing early and ongoing clinical experiences through all four years of training. In contrast, many schools still employ a more traditional "2+2" model of education that initially uses lecture-style classes to teach the medical sciences in the first two years before introducing clinical training in the final two years.

Lastly, consider flexibility in the curriculum and whether there will be enough electives and/or free time to pursue personal topics of interest. CHM students can pursue those interests in periods we call intersessions

-Does any of the special programming interest me?
Each medical school has their own set of special programs, emphasizing and enhancing the college's mission.

Schools can offer a wide range of academic programming with various certificates and Leadership in Rural Medicine and Leadership in Medicine for the Underserved) and dual-degree options, allowing a variety of career pathway options.
dual-degree
options. The College of Human Medicine offers several certificate programs (

If either research or a career in academia is important to you, decide where you believe you'd receive the best opportunities. With an increasing research imprint in Michigan and partnerships with organizations like the Van Andel Institute, for example, the MD-PhD program at CHM is a good option for those leaning towards a physician-scientist type of career.

The MD-MPH and MD-MBA programs are also popular if public health or a career in business/administration is in your sights. For students who wish to practice outside the country or are simply interested in global health components, consider schools that facilitate travel abroad and service-learning.

Location and Student Life
-Does the school's mission and ambitions resonate with me?
Each medical school's mission guides the institution and can extend to admissions. Even here at CHM, we use a mission-based assessment of applicants beyond academics. For this reason, it's important to identify which missions resonate with you and the type of physician you're aiming to become. The benefit of that match is for both the school and student.

Admissions committees evaluate students based on interests, professional goals and demonstrated experiences. While schools aim to produce residents who can fill wide ranges of roles within the field, some schools have specific histories and objectives.

Consider each school’s mission and whether or not it matches your goals and interests.

-Would I enjoy living there?
While we hope geography and weather wouldn't be a deal-breaker, where you live can play a big role in quality of life and happiness. We can understand if some students put a lot of stock in wanting to be at a particular place. But be careful not to over-restrict yourself geographically, as that may limit your opportunities.

Learn what each location offers and keep balance in mind. Remember to think about life outside of school and consider any hobbies or personal interests you may have.


Students with spouses and/or children have a lot to think about in addition to what's been discussed. So it helps to decide on schools with realistic expectations for what would be possible should an acceptance at one of your options facilitate a move down the line.

Some students want to be closer to family while others may be excited to seek out somewhere different. This is a good time for new scenery.

-Is the student environment a good match for my character?
Along with where you will train, you're also deciding with whom you'll be training for the next few years.

Using an integrated, group-style approach, the new curriculum at CHM genuinely emphasizes a collaborative climate, not only between students, but between the students and faculty as well.


Class size and format is pretty easy to learn upon initial review. But, again, because it's still early, a true picture of student life may need to wait until you can see facilities for yourself and speak directly with students and staff.

At CHM, the entering class of 190 is split between our East Lansing and Grand Rapids community campuses. Further, the students at each location are split into four learning societies and subsequent scholar groups for more intimate and collaborative learning.  

Finances Beyond Tuition
-Can I afford to live there?
There are many factors that determine the cost for you to attend medical school, including location and resident requirements, whether it is a public or private institution, and your personal financial aid package.

While we've already touched on the cost of schooling, additional financial consideration should go to cost of living. This is definitely a factor as well, but we suggest really considering living costs after being (cross our fingers!) accepted and when the time comes to decide between schools to matriculate.

By that point, you may be aware of what each school can offer in terms of living assistance and stipends. For now, it wouldn't hurt to do some research, but don't let this deter you from applying to schools in pricier areas if you're genuinely interested for reasons directly tied to opportunities and your career path.

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As you'll learn through the process, not much is easy about applying to medical school, and that includes deciding where and who your application goes to.

Meeting with a pre-health advisor can help and don't hesitate to reach out to admissions offices should you have more questions--it's what we're here for. Once schools receive your verified AMCAS application, the next step in the process is the secondary application. Good luck!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Office of Admissions Discusses The Personal Statement In Latest Facebook LIVE Stream

The College of Human Medicine (CHM) Office of Admissions hosted its second Facebook Live stream last week, purposefully touching on a timely topic.

While the first stream, held last December, spoke generally about the entire admissions process, admissions counselor, Brian Urlich, joined the chat this time around to speak specifically about the personal statement.

With the AMCAS application opening this month, many applicants are currently working to organize their application and finish up their personal statement. In particular, Brian offered tips and insight on how to write an effective statement, giving consideration to theme, frame, and structure among other things. He also offered some do's and don'ts to follow as well. 

Admissions staff will be utilizing the widely-used social media platform's LIVE function to broadcast directly to potential applicants and offer in-depth insight on various themes and topics.

Following the initial stream's format, this broadcast once again included a quick Q&A after the main presentation. Followers had been asked to submit questions for several weeks prior to the live broadcast.

Follow the Office of Admissions on Facebook and Twitter for more updates and events.

A recording of the stream can be found below:

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Admission Staff Discussing Personal Statement In Upcoming Facebook Live Stream

The College of Human Medicine Office of Admissions is excited to announce that we'll be hosting another Facebook Live stream on Wednesday, April 26th at 3pm (ET).

The topic of discussion for our second live stream chat is the personal statement. Admissions Counselor, Brian Ulrich, will be on hand to offer in-depth tips that touch on essay structures and topic ideas among additional information.

Mark your calendars!


With the AMCAS set to open in a few short months, a timely discussion on the personal statement for the next crop of applicants could be helpful for the next crop of applicants. Students across the country are working to finish their applications for submission and the personal statement is a topic for which we receive many questions.

The office's initial Facebook Live stream was held last December and took an overall look at the admissions process timeline.

Once again, followers can submit questions at any time leading up to the event via our Facebook page, Twitter page, or through email. Viewers tuning in during the event will be able to post additional questions/comments in the stream's comment section.

What is Facebook Live?
Facebook Live is a streaming service on the social media platform that allows users to broadcast live video to their news feed.

How can you participate?
Simply "Like" and follow our Facebook page. Send us your questions and tune in on the 26th! A video recording of the chat will be available to followers once the live stream has ended.

Interested in applying to the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine? Would you simply like to learn more about the nation's pioneer in community-based medical training? Feel free to contact us at any time to find out more about what it takes to become a Spartan MD.

Friday, April 7, 2017

College of Human Medicine Admissions Reps Heading Out for Road Trip Across Southern California

We're hitting the road!

That is, after a flight.

Admissions representatives from the College of Human Medicine (CHM) will be taking a road trip across Southern California this month to represent the college and further discuss the admissions process with interested undergrads.

To do that, representatives will be making stops at campuses in the greater Los Angeles-area as well as San Diego to attend several health career fairs and host a number of informationals.

"We want be able to connect with the pre-medical students in the state. We received  over 1200 applications from California in the 2017 application cycle, so I believe it is essential to reach out to prospective applicants there and provide them information about CHM and, in particular, our mission," states Elizabeth Lyons, admissions counselor and Director of Minority Recruiting.

Residents from California have consistently made up a big chunk of applicants to the College of Human Medicine, second behind only Michigan students. The admissions staff feels it's important to reach out to potential applicants from the Golden State so that those students have a better understanding of what the college has to offer while also giving tips on what makes a competitive applicant.

"Fit is very important and I think this trip is going to give us the opportunity to talk to prospective applicants about that fit with our mission at the various events we have attend."

Lyons adds that, "If applicants are truly interested in applying to the college, they will find our discussions very informative and, in turn, it will help them prepare an application that truly stands out to us at CHM.

To start the road trip, admissions staff will be attending the first of three fairs on the schedule. Reps will be in the Westwood area of Los Angeles at UCLA for the Spring 2017 Health School Information Fair on Monday, April 17th. Later in the week, they'll head east for The Claremont Colleges' Health & Science Professions Fair at Pomona College on Friday, April 21st.

The trip takes them south to wrap up the fairs at San Diego State University for the Catch The Wave To Success Pre-Professional Health Conference Graduate School Fair on Saturday, April 22nd.

In addition to those three fairs, the College of Human Medicine will also be hosting a few informationals across area campuses. Students from the University of Southern California (USC) can meet with admissions reps at the main campus that Tuesday, April 18th.

On Thursday, April 20th, those interested at the Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science will also be able to learn about the college and meet with admissions staff.

Beyond those events, Lyons points out that they'll also be meeting with some SoCal residents who already know a thing or two about the college.

"Along with meeting prospective students, we'll also be reconnecting with some of our CHM alumni and hosting for the very first time a meet and greet for our accepted applicants in the area," she says.

"I’m very excited to see and hear about all the new and exciting experiences our alumni have been a part of in California. We also look forward to meeting our accepted applicants again and answering any questions they may have about the MSU CHM to help them make that final decision."

At the moment, the college's admissions office is working on scheduling possible additional events. Stay tuned.

For residents and students in Northern California, not to worry. Moving ahead, CHM admissions is also working on making stops across the area come the fall and are schedule to attend the UC-Davis Pre-Health Conference in October. More information and a schedule will be forthcoming at a later date.

For this trip, the following is a full* detailed schedule:

Monday, April 17th
Spring 2017 Health School Information Fair at UCLA
Ackerman Ballroom
11am - 3pm

Southern California Alumni/Accepted Applicant Meet & Greet (Invite Only)
Santa Monica
7pm

Tuesday, April 18th
Informational at University of Southern California
Hedco Neuroscience Building Room 100
12pm - 2pm

Thursday, April 19th
Informational at Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science
Keck Auditorium
12pm - 1pm

Friday, April 20th 
The Claremont Colleges Health & Science Professions Fair at Pomona College
Smith Campus Center
Edmunds Ballroom
11am - 2pm

Saturday, April 21st
Catch The Wave Pre-Professional Health Conference Graduate School Fair
San Diego State University
Union Courtyard
2pm- 4:30pm

*Schedule subject to change and additional events may be added.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Next Class of Spartan MDs Ready To Move Onto Residency Positions Following Match Day

The results of the 2017 residency match process are in and over 96 percent of the College of Human Medicine's graduating students secured a match.

In total, 200 students matched for postgraduate medical training positions at teaching hospitals throughout the United States.

Residency placements were confirmed for students through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) as well as for those who participated in the SOAP/Post-Match, Military Match, and Advanced/Independent Matches.

Of note, 42.5 percent of students chose primary care residency programs, similar to prior matches. The top six specialties placements changed a bit from last year, however, when pediatrics was at the top spot.

The top six overall specialty placements this year are as follows:
1. Family Medicine (38 graduates)
2T. General Surgery (23 graduates)
2T. Internal Medicine (23 graduates)
4. Emergency Medicine (20 graduates)
5. Pediatrics (19 graduates)
6. Obstetrics-Gynecology (14 graduates)

Interestingly, those 38 graduates were among a total of 3,237 medical students to match with a family medicine residency program. According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, that's the most in family medicine’s history as a specialty.

Psychiatry, Anesthesiology, Neurology, Radiology, Ophthalmology, Dermatology, and several surgery specialties including Orthopedic Surgery are also some specialties that were represented in choice.

Close to 40 percent of the class will be staying in Michigan after graduation. Of those heading outside the state, Spartan MDs will be placed on all coasts and practically everywhere in between, from California to Connecticut, New York to Florida.

But before they head out to make us proud, graduating seniors had the opportunity to celebrate those results with friends and family on Match Day, held this year on March 17. Match Day is a rite of passage that's celebrated across the globe.

At noon, students opened their envelopes and learned the location and specialty of the residency programs where they will further their training.

While every Match Day is special, this year's rendition was unique for several reasons.

The NRMP recently announced this year's results were the largest in its history. A record-high 35,969 US and international medical school students vied for 31,757 positions, the most ever offered in the Match.

In the last six years, positions in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, and Pediatrics have all increased.


Closer to home, the College of Human Medicine implemented a Match Day tagboard for the first time so that students, friends, and family could celebrate "together" from across all seven of the college's community campuses or anywhere at all.

As a community-based medical school, the college hosts celebrations across the state. The social media stream helped unify posts from across celebrations and social media platforms. Using the hashtag #MSUMDMatch, people posted celebratory pictures and messages to congratulate the soon-to-be physicians.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Early Data Shows Students Grasping Content Faster, Scoring Higher In New Curriculum

With the first semester of the new Shared Discovery Curriculum in the books, data is showing that students are getting a good grasp on the content they're learning at a faster pace, consuming the material 50 percent quicker.

“Students even at seven weeks were already clinically performing essentially at the level of students
who were at the end of their first year in the previous curriculum,” said Dr. Aron Sousa, senior associate dean for academic affairs for the medical college. “It’s the experiential learning aspect of the program that’s making this happen.”

Among the many differences between what has been the traditional model of medical education and the College of Human Medicine's Shared Discovery Curriculum include early and ongoing clinical experience for students that integrates the basic and clinical sciences. Whereas schools typically split the learning of the sciences and the clinical experiences, students in Shared Discovery are learning with a hands-on approach.

The competency-based medical curriculum focuses more on learning through clinical experiences beginning within weeks of the first day. This provides an environment for students much closer to residency rather than the settings of a traditional medical school curriculum.

The implementation of learning societies, small groups of students, clinical faculty, basic and social scientists, have allowed students the ability truly absorb information more efficiently.

See "Evolution and Revolution: 5 Takeaways from the New Shared Discovery Curriculum"

It's working.

Sousa says that students are also scoring higher on progress tests that are similar to board exams. While the average score on these tests is 45 for students with a full year of medical school under their belt, the average score for students in the Shared Discovery curriculum is 41 after just a single semester.

A progress suite of assessments gives pace to what the students learn. From the first weeks of medical school and through regular intervals, the assessments enable students and their faculty to verify the achievement of competence and readiness to move through the curriculum.

While the data is still early, it is promising. If the efficiency of the new curriculum holds up, the implications for students could mean entering residency sooner and thus, paying less tuition.

Read the official announcement for more information.