After Acceptance: A User’s Guide to Preparing for Medical School

The summer before I started medical school at the College of Human Medicine (CHM), I often wondered what I was getting myself into.

What will med school be like? What will I learn? Will I be able to keep up? Would I still have a life? Will I embarrass myself in front of a bunch of medical professionals? What don’t I know that I need to know?

With (almost) two years of medical school down, I would tell all those who are about to matriculate (along with my past-self) to calm down.


You will learn all that you need to know when you need to know it. You will be able to keep up. It may be hard, but it’s doable. Sure, it can be draining at times, but med school is still incredibly rewarding. You will be pushed, but you will grow.

So before you begin classes, the biggest thing you can do before starting med school is prepare while simply enjoying the process.

Here are five pieces of advice to help make the transition to med school a bit easier.

Relax and enjoy your last summer before me…

Overcoming Rejection: Tips On How To Deal with Disappointment & Strengthen Your Application

For most medical schools across the country, the current cycle interview period has come to a close. The next incoming class is starting to take shape and, unfortunately, that means some applicants must deal with rejections.

Here are some steps to take so that you may alleviate the disappointment and use the time going forward on strengthening your application for the next cycle.

In medical school admissions, rejection is just part of the process. In fact, being rejected is pretty common. Tens of thousands submit applications each year for an increasingly limited number of seats. The competition is stiff, with the vast majority of U.S. medical schools offering less than 200 open slots per incoming class.

Less than 40% of applicants in the prior cycle matriculated, according to data from the American Association of Medical Colleges.

While rejection can be disheartening, it's important to come to terms with the circumstance quickly. Don't allow the shock of …

CHM Admissions Hosting Virtual Chat On Thursday

The MSU College of Human Medicine (CHM) Office of Admissions is hosting a virtual chat this Thursday, March 3rd from 4pm to 7pm EST. This online discussion supplements our participation in the AAMC Medical School Virtual Fair, held by the American Association of Medical Colleges this past February.

Students can register for the chat at the Virtual Fair webpage—instructions will follow upon registration. Those who already registered for last month's event need only log back in and join us on our dedicated page.

Admissions representatives will be joined by several current students, who will all be on hand to take questions on the admissions process, premedical requirements, application tips, special programs, student life, and everything in between.

Registrants will also find several videos on our page that offer a deeper look into life at CHM, starting with a word of welcome from Dr. Joel Maurer, Associate Dean for Admissions.

The Office of Admissions' continued efforts to be…

Doctors In The Making: Pipeline Program Guides Health Professionals of Tomorrow

Now full steam ahead into its second year, the MSU College of Human Medicine (CHM) Health Careers Pipeline Program is about more than just career exploration, pairing high school students from Grand Rapids with pre-med/pre-professional undergraduate mentors.

The program focuses on academic preparation for students considering future careers in medical fields through rich mentoring from current undergraduate and medical students, as well as focused lessons and field trips.

Spearheaded by CHM Admissions Counselor, Brian Ulrich, MA, the College of Human Medicine is partnering with Grand Rapids Central High School and Grand Valley State University (GVSU) undergraduates.

With assistance from current CHM students, each pair bonds over eight winter weeks of participation at the CHM Secchia Center and around Grand Rapids. Current CHM students assist with weekly activities and hold an active role in program development and mentoring. Sessions include meeting with local medical professiona…

Student Post: Coming Back To Reality—A Time For Reflection

Transitioning back from winter break is never easy. I would even dare say it gets harder as the years of schooling accumulate. Coming back for my second semester of being an M2, there is a whole new level of fun that becomes increasingly real with each day: Step 1*.

Every M2 is enjoying the added stress that studying for "boards" brings, on top of the already-busy schedule of studying for domain exams and other classes. This is, of course, beyond other extracurricular activities we hope to incorporate, such as research, volunteering, exercise, and sleep.

But the thing is, we all find our own ways to accomplish what is important to us. And while some days may be rough, it’s crazy to think about how far we have already come in just a year and a half.

Despite the stress that comes from being in medical school, I have many fond memories at the CHM. There are so many opportunities to get involved, such as with student interest groups and electives.

I explored Emergency Medicine t…

Waitlisted Applicants May Submit Updates, Additional Materials

There are five main steps to get through the entire medical school application process. Upon submitting your secondary application to the MSU College of Human Medicine (CHM), the Assistant Dean for Admissions will review select factors and applicants will either be deemed unsuccessful, placed on hold, or invited to interview.

As part of the selection process, one of the outcomes from the committee on admissions after interviewing can be the waitlist. Schools may also refer to this as the alternate list. While it's not the ideal outcome you'd like to initially hear, there are steps you can take moving forward.

Last year, we wrote a post entitled, "So You've Been Placed on the Waitlist: What's Next?," that offers some good tidbits.

If you are placed on the alternate list, your file will remain under consideration for acceptance until we notify you of a change in your status. One of the actions you can take is to submit additional information or, in other words…

Great Lakes Native American Medical School Applicant Workshop Coming to MSU College of Human Medicine

The Michigan State University College of Human Medicine (CHM) will be this year's site for the Great Lakes Native American Medical School Applicant Workshop. The event will be held from April 1-3.

The multi-day workshop will be hosted by CHM in partnership with the University of Minnesota Medical SchoolCenter of American Indian and Minority Health, University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine, and University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public HealthNative American Center for Health Professions (NACHP)

With various representatives from each of the host institutions in attendance, this is an excellent opportunity for pre-health Native American students from across the region to meet faculty and staff. Students will be offered in-depth application tips regarding the MCAT, personal statement, interviews and more. 

Workshops will also be dedicated to research, funding, and career development opportuni…