University of Michigan Medical School: Dual Degrees

University of Michigan Medical School: Dual Degrees

September 24, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


– [Dr. Steven Gay] As a medical school, it’s not for us to tell students what type of physician they should be. It’s to give them the opportunities and the possibilities to
explore anything they wish. Doing these dual degree programs, allows them to expand their horizons, and really create for themselves the type of career
they’ve always dreamed of. – When I approached Dean
Gay about doing an NPH, I said, “You know, I’d like
to do a secondary degree,” and he goes, “Of course you do!” (laughs) – I think a lot of people
are in the position where they’re not sure if they want to pursue a dual degree
when they get here or not. I think there’s very few
people who come in saying, “I want to do four years of med school, and darn it I want to
add more time to that, that’s just not enough time
for me to spend in school!” – The reason you should get a dual degree is if you are passionate about something else
besides medicine as well. – University of Michigan
as a medical school’s, I think, very supportive
of dual degree students, and they even go so far I think, as to encourage their students to really consider those degrees. – I always just thought the best way to help people is to be a doctor, and to be an M.D., and
to do the medicine well. – So it’s almost like.. being a translator between
two seemingly separate worlds. – It helps bring focus to the
entire field of healthcare. – But on a systems level, you can make really
large system-wide impacts that can affect lots of people. – I went from saying, “Here are my three job options,” to “Shoot, I can do any of these 12?!” But I could be happy, in any of these 12. That took my career options
and just simply exploded them. (upbeat inspirational music) – The medical school
has committed themselves to helping students who are interested in pursuing dual degrees. – As you begin to formulate
what is important to you, for the rest of your career, it’s very important that
you have knowledgeable folks around you that are willing
to guide you and support you, and help you in your decision. – Everyone from the financial
aid office to the registrar, has been very supportive. They actually go out of their
way to have meetings with you, before you end up making
your final decision. You meet with your counselor,
you meet with you registrar, your financial aid advisor. And they really making a plan for you before you even leave the med school. – You take time out and
actually pursue the dual degree, you’re not pursuing both
degrees really simultaneously. Everything from switching
from one school to the other, in terms of the academics,
as well as financially, they’ve really worked hard
to make this as seamless of a transition as possible for us. – One of the things I love about Michigan, they take the leaders
and the best seriously. If you have a good idea, or if you don’t have a good idea, but you are really passionate
about learning something, there’s somebody here
willing to teach you. (upbeat inspirational music) – Obviously all the other graduate schools are you know, wonderful here, and I think that’s
something unique that rarely is offered by the
universities that you look at. – You really have a
nice cohesive community that everyone is really collaborative. – One of the great things about
the University of Michigan, is all of these phenomenal
graduate schools are right in our community. – The business school
is very highly ranked, the engineering school
is very highly ranked, the law school is very highly ranked. – Well we have a great School of Ed., we have a wonderful
School of Public Health. – All of these schools
in the top 10% of schools in the country. All of these are
available to our students, if they wish to pursue a dual degree. (upbeat inspirational music) – I think it’s always
important to consider your whole career trajectory, and think about what you
want to do in the future. – There’s so many challenging issues that really require I think, some additional training
outside of just medicine. – Whatever your interests are, I think the University of
Michigan is a great place to pursue those interests. – It really reinforced our
decision to be here in Michigan. – I think Michigan adds
that and more by having so many other graduate
schools that are well-ranked, and offer great education, and it’s all right here in Ann Arbor. – We’ll help you work
and have the knowledge to decide whether or not
this is correct for you, so that you can become the physician that you’ve always dreamed of. (upbeat inspirational music)