Primary care shortages. Increasing public interest in healthcare. With these new but ever-present realities in mind, the University of Michigan-Flint is strategically positioned to prepare students for the challenges and rewards of a medical career.
Whether you’ve always wanted to be a physician, or if you’ve only recently discovered your calling, you have an entire built-in support network here at UM-Flint ready to guide you and push your development potential to the next level. Our core methodology of medical school preparation emphasizes functionality over a structural approach—and, as such, it is flexible in regard to your ambitions and pliable to your needs. Since our premedical advisors have served on medical school admission committees and have advised successful applicants for many years, our advice to you is based in educational and developmental theory—but also grounded in practice.
There are two ways to approach medical school preparation: all or nothing. It’s more than a question of having great dedication, or the right attitude—it’s about how willing you’re prepared to be. Are you ready to commit significant time and enthusiasm to achieving your goals? The competition is going to be tough—but don’t let it intimidate you, though, because the process should be tough. What we can tell you is this: If you’re willing to put your energy and passion for a medical career into your academic development, our faculty and staff will guide you to the finish line, preparing you for all the challenges of medical school along the way.
We won’t sugarcoat it—getting into medical school will be difficult. As you may already know, you will be competing for limited spaces against your peers, and more than half will not get in. Understandably, this might make your goals seem unapproachable at times, but if you’re willing to study hard, come to class prepared, become involved in student life, and approach medical school preparation like your future depended on it (because it does), then our faculty and staff will empower your decisions and support your ambitions with sound advice and a True Blue education.
In order to prepare for medical school, you must develop into a candidate that represents the spirit of the profession: caring, devoted, focused, and serious. The best way to nurture those talents is through a rigorous education focused on research, a practical volunteer effort in the community, sustained exposure to medicine throughout your college experience, and an insatiable will to be better and do better. This optimal environment and support are all available here at UM-Flint. Our professors are the brightest and best in their fields. Our outreach into the community is deep, providing you with myriad volunteering options. Our health professional programs and local hospital connections are ideal for developing your interest in medicine. Our clubs and student activities provide ample leadership opportunities and the chance to influence functional, real-world medical efforts.
Our premedical recommendations have been designed to unlock your development potential, by focusing on transforming you not only into a candidate for medical school, but also into a well-rounded individual and focused scholar. Medical schools around the nation are looking for well-prepared students from all backgrounds and experiences. They’re looking for renaissance students with competency in arts and sciences, and with breadth and depth in study. As you can imagine, there isn’t one particular approach that works best to prepare for medical study. Our job is to work with you to find the one that will work best for you. We want to get to know you!