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Many Sides of Medicine: Our Pre-Mat Experience

Co-authored by fellow M1 Nadine

Every year about 20 or so incoming M1 students are invited to participate in a pre-matriculation program during the summer before classes begin. The goal of this three-week program is to develop leadership skills and reflect on social disparities and health equity in medicine. Since we both took time off after undergrad in various other pursuits, pre-mat provided an ideal segue to our new lives as med students.

Bonding over a little Whirly Ball

Bonding over a little Whirly Ball

To develop the confidence to lead, mentorship and early experience were key tenets of the program. We had a number of faculty, administrators, deans, M2 mentors and TAs who guided us through three weeks of anatomy dissections, introductory histology classes, and numerous conversations about leadership, personal development, and social disparities in healthcare. As an introduction to our nascent careers in medicine, we were made aware that thinking about advocating to improve social justice and health disparities is a profound responsibility that we have as students and future physicians. (more…)