July 6, 2018

Class of 2022 Transition to M1 Resource Fair this week

We are excited to welcome our incoming class of physicians-in-training this week for the Transition to M1 Resource Fair.

The Resource Fair will be held July 11 and July 12 in Scott Hall's Room 1328. Staff from several offices and departments will be on site to answer questions, address concerns and assist in any outstanding business students need to complete before the start of classes.

Information regarding financial aid, parking and transportation, housing and residential life, and OneCard pickup will be available at the Resource Fair. Additionally, the WSU Street Squad will conduct Midtown bus tours to help students get oriented with the city and the amenities located on campus and in the Midtown area.

Students will pick up the list of courses they will take in phase 1 of the Highways to Excellence curriculum. They will also receive the schedule for the Advanced Learning Strategies course that begins July 16. This is a new required course that will be graded and posted to transcripts. The ALS course consists of various learning strategies necessary for optimizing performance in medical school and preparing students to match with their preferred residency.

This year's incoming students are the first to be enrolled in the new medical school curriculum: Highways to Excellence. The Highways curriculum builds on a 150-year tradition of excellence in education, research, care and service, and emphasizes active learning and constant integration to building skills and knowledge simultaneously.

The organ systems-based curriculum integrates clinical experiences with basic sciences from day one, utilizing the most advanced methods of teaching to allow for development of a cohesive class of students who learn and work together as professionals. Physicians-in-training will have multiple ways to take advantage of experiential service-learning, community engagement and research opportunities via individualized elective tracks, and strong academic, health care and community partnerships.

The Highways curriculum features a longitudinal focus on professionalism that stresses high-quality and compassionate care, cultural understanding and a commitment to decreasing health disparities. A deep and authentic understanding of health needs and social determinants is vital for physicians-in-training who are actively making differences in the community, something we know our students do throughout their entire educational experience at the Wayne State University School of Medicine.