Summer On-boarding Programs
The Year 1 transition presents many unique challenges to trainees that have been popularly compared to the experience of drinking water from a fire hose. Though students find ways to successfully navigate this period, efforts sometimes compromise well-being, academic performance, and satisfaction. While there are no shortcuts, the faculty & staff at the UM Medical School recognize that empowering students with tools, information, and resources prior to starting can be an effective way to mitigate the firehose effect.
Enrichment is one of the On-boarding program options developed for this purpose - with the goal of empowering students to make informed decisions as they acclimate to medical training.
The 3-day on-campus Enrichment program is not required for entering students - thus, it is optional - but provided to students seeking a more hands-on, experiential transition option before the fire hose is turned on. There are 3 group options for Enrichment for the week of August 13-17 (see below). There is no cost and both food and housing (if needed) will be provided.
The on-campus option for Enrichment features opportunities to learn more about the people, places and things to help ease the initial transition. Previous participants have noted appreciation for opportunities to meet peers and to receive relevant insights from Year 2 peer mentors (who are available throughout the program + year 1). Participants also have opportunities to meet faculty and med ed staff, and to pick up some valuable tools and resources to start things off on the right foot. Registration is required for this option and space is limited - register early.
Scott Slattery, Ph.D.
Dir. Learning Development
Assoc. Dean, Office of Admissions
Zelealem (Z) Mekuria
Program Coordination & Admin
Michael Kim, MD
Assistant Dean for Student Affairs
"[Enrichment] is an absolutely great opportunity to ease into medical school and makes the transition more tolerable and less stressful."
"The peer mentors were flipping awesome!"
"I did not expect it to be so very helpful! I am very grateful for the amount of information and help provided, the amount of time spent in arranging this. I could not have fighured this out on my own."
"Simply knowing where things are, what is available, and who to talk to has eased my mind immensly!"
"YES! This program has been instrumental in helping me to prepare for the challenges ahead. I finally feel like this is doable!"