The first year of medical school is denoted as arguably the most difficult year, as most of the challenge comes with adjusting to an unfamiliar and rigorous curriculum. As the year progresses and the need for help arises, students are encouraged to reach out to the SOM administration, Student Counseling Services, Academic Counseling/Tutoring, and their peers. Every medical student has experienced the hardships of the first year; there is no shame in seeking others for help!
Each M1 is assigned a preclinical advisor to meet with and discuss progress, goals, and any concerns the student has. This is a great way to receive advice from physicians and get connected to the faculty at UMMC!
During each academic year, the School of Medicine coordinates a weekly Career Development Series during the lunch hour. Clinical, academic, and research opportunities are presented during these sessions. Topics include wellness, academic support, and specialty-specific presentations delivered by faculty and residents.
Shadowing in medical school is an excellent way to gauge a student’s interest in different specialties while applying some of the knowledge they have learned in the classroom. One of the best ways to get connected to physicians who allow shadowing is by being involved with student specialty interest groups.
Hosted by the M2 Evers’ Society, this event highlights career opportunities in primary care and gives students exposure to the specialties of emergency medicine, family medicine, internal medicine, med/peds, obstetrics/gynecology, and pediatrics. It also gives students the opportunity to practice simulated medical procedures and interact with doctors who will play an integral role in their medical education during the third and fourth years.
Halfway through the first year, the Student Affairs administration hosts an M1 class meeting to discuss the available opportunities during the summer between M1 and M2 year. Ranging from the Medical Student Research Program (MSRP) to student worker positions in the Student Affairs and Medical Education Offices, our campus offers a wide variety of ways to get involved over the summer. And of course, this is the students’ last free summer; there’s nothing wrong with just taking it easy!