Strategies

Clinical excellence
Clinical training starts right away. Clinical skills are taught and tested, and as students gain confidence and competence they are placed in more involved clinical settings. Clinical skills training continues longitudinally through all four years, ending in specialty-specific residency preparatory training. 
  • Segment 1 training is concentrated on history and physical exam skills in a simulated setting.  
  • Segment 2 clinical skills training concentrates on focused and specialty exams integrated into the students continuity clinic experience.
  • Segment 3 continues to teach and test clinical practice in an intense immersive environment.
  • Segment 4 concentrates on tuning these skills and learning more advanced skills to prepare for residency.

Research synergy
Every student is a physician-scientist and in the extremely rich research environment of Wayne State University and our partner hospitals, research opportunities are abundant. 

Doctor means teacher  
In Latin, at least. As physicians we teach – we teach students, patients, physicians and members of our community. These skills are essential. Students start as educators and continue throughout medical school in this lane by serving as tutors and discussion leaders through the first segments. As clerkship students, they helpe pre-clerkship students. There are opportunities for education-specific instruction and electives to guide clerkship and pre-clerkship students for our senior students. All of our graduates will be prepared to be strong teachers as residents.

The city is our campus
Our campus is located in Midtown, the city center and one of the country's fastest growing neighborhoods. We're also located within one of the largest concentrations of major urban medical institutions in the country. Our long-standing partnerships with these world-class hospitals provide professional access you won't find anywhere else. Detroit is undergoing unprecedented positive change, and the School of Medicine is at the heart of it all. 

Service to our home
When you choose to become a doctor, you answer a call to service. A commitment to the community has been at the core of our mission since 1868. That's why clinical outreach is a focus of the medical degree curriculum, providing real-world clinical experience as soon as you set foot on campus. The program's rigorous classroom instruction prepares students for residency through team- and problem-based learning. 

Our students want more than a medical education. They have a desire to dig into the community and help its people, even before receiving their degrees. And they do. Our physicians-in-training have the opportunities to volunteer through more than 30 student-run clinics and medical outreach organizations. They serve at more than 70 clinical sites and nearly 100 community-based mentoring and outreach locations, and participate in a growing number of public health policy and advocacy opportunities. Students gain valuable clinical experience by providing needed care to Detroit's underserved populations and helping patients navigate health and community services in southeast Michigan.