Preparing Michigan students to apply for medical school is goal of new seminar

Five Michigan medical schools to sponsor conference designed to get applicants ready to pursue medical degrees

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Students considering applying to medical school can get tips and advice from Deans and Directors of Michigan’s five medical schools at a daylong conference Saturday, Oct. 8.

The “Great Lakes, Great State, Great Medicine” conference is sponsored by the University of Michigan Medical School, the Wayne State University School of Medicine, the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine and Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine and College of Osteopathic Medicine.

At the inaugural event, which will be in Ann Arbor, students will learn how to best make an application to medical school, directly from the Deans and Directors of the five medical schools and pre-med advisors from most Michigan colleges and universities.

About two years ago, officials from all five schools began meeting regularly, spurred by the efforts of Wayne State’s Silas Norman, M.D., associate dean for admissions.
The group decided to sponsor this event to better prepare students interested in pursuing medicine as a career, says Robert Ruiz, Admissions Director for U-M’s Medical School.

Ruiz says this is not a recruiting event, but rather designed as a service for the students of Michigan.

“Anything we can do that helps the state of Michigan, through our Medical Schools, is good for all of us. Our goal is to create better prepared students and teach them how to be a good applicant to Medical School,” Ruiz says.

“If students win, we all win and Michigan benefits from that as well.”

Michigan residents and/or students attending a college or university in Michigan are particularly encouraged to attend this event, but it is open to all current and future medical school applicants.

Sessions will include programs on personal statements; American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) and American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (AACOMAS) applications; the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT); applicant case studies; and the all-important interview.

“We tried to design the program to benefit any student thinking about applying to medical school or even those applying now,” says Ruiz.

This year’s event will be at the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies on the U-M campus, but Ruiz says the group plans to rotate the location around the state each year.

Ruiz says organizers worked hard to keep the costs low, adding that the fee for the daylong event is just $20. The program begins at 8 a.m. and concludes at 4 p.m.

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