Fast Tracking Medical School

The chance to finish medical school early is attracting increased attention from students burdened with six-figure education loans: The median debt for medical school graduates in 2013 was $175,000, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges. This year, the combined cost of tuition and fees for a first-year medical student ranges from just over $12,000to … Continue reading Fast Tracking Medical School

Teaching Neurosurgeons & BRAIN(S)

In April 2013, President Obama said he would ask Congress for $100 million in 2014 for the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative to "revolutionize our understanding of the human brain".  ( THL Blog post about the BRAIN Initiative) We are now 2 days into 2014 and scientists are reporting that some of the … Continue reading Teaching Neurosurgeons & BRAIN(S)

Med Students, Free Clinics, and a Library: A Few of My Favorite Things

The UM Student Run Free Clinic was featured in the Atlantic for the work they're doing in Pickney, Mi. Every Saturday, three clinical and three pre-clinical med students (along with three UMMS  physicians) head a decommissioned branch of the Pickney Community Public Library to staff the entirely student run free clinic. The clinic promises to … Continue reading Med Students, Free Clinics, and a Library: A Few of My Favorite Things

Video Games For the Win!

Video Games and's not an oxymoron, it's real life.  In fact, I TAed an undergraduate course with this exact title at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  UW-Madison is also home to the Games, Learning and Society Organization and this fall, offered its first Coursera course on Video Games and Learning which many of my former … Continue reading Video Games For the Win!

Global & Health Equity Education

The Chronicle of Higher Education published a timely article, "Some Health Programs Overseas Let Students Do Too Much, Too Soon", about the ethics of undergraduate health science field students and their clinical experiences abroad.  The article raises concern about the ethics of treating patients before certification, especially at-risk populations, and the global health spectrum of … Continue reading Global & Health Equity Education

DREAM Launched!

MedEdPortal is an open access resource initiative from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). The vision of MedEdPortal is to Succeed as the most utilized, cited, and influential health education resource publication. Serve as the premier clearinghouse of high-quality, peer-reviewed health education tools. Promote interprofessional collaboration by facilitating the open exchange of educational resources across the … Continue reading DREAM Launched!

UMMS: Giving Thanks to Anatomical Donors

As I become more knowledgable about the medical education curriculum at UMMS, I truly believe medical student education really embodies the idea of learning by doing.  One of these important experiential learning opportunities is spending their entire first year in a group of six students with a single anatomical donor's body, "moving together system by … Continue reading UMMS: Giving Thanks to Anatomical Donors

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

All of those lesson about teamwork you learned in summer camp are making a major reappearance in medical schools all over the country. The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) released results from the Annual Medical School Graduation Survey that shows that nearly three quarters (73.4 perfect) of graduating medical students report that their education … Continue reading Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

Welcome New University of Michigan Medical School Faculty!

As you're enjoying your orientation sessions today, we've compiled some of the resources you may come across if you stop by the Taubman Health Sciences Library booth in Palmer Commons: Find your Liaison Librarian Health Sciences Mobile Device Resources Health Sciences Grant Information Portal (HS-GIP) Don't forget, you can always access the Taubman Health Sciences … Continue reading Welcome New University of Michigan Medical School Faculty!

UM Med School Wins AMA Grant to Revamp Medical Education Curriculum

Just 11 schools were awarded grants from the American Medical Association in response to their challenge, Accelerating Change in Medical Education, and the University of Michigan's Medical School is one of the winners. Over the coming five years, the University of Michigan Medical School will design and phase in changes to the current curriculum, while … Continue reading UM Med School Wins AMA Grant to Revamp Medical Education Curriculum