be_ixf;ym_202302 d_07; ct_100 Applications to serve for the 2023-2024 school year are due February 10. Apply now to serve with City Year.

City Year Education Pathways: University of Michigan School of Medicine

City Year Education Pathways: University of Michigan School of Medicine 

 It is no secret that medical school is competitive. In fact, the University of Michigan School of Medicine has already received 9,401 applications for the 2022 incoming class, with only 170 applicants planned to be accepted. So, what makes your application stand out? City Year Detroit had the opportunity to talk to Carol Teener, the Director of Admissions at the University of Michigan School of Medicine to learn more about the application process and what they look for during the admissions process


Info Graphic source: 


“Our position is that there is more than one path to medical school,said Teener.  

Of course, all applicants are expected to demonstrate a solid foundation of knowledge across core scientific subjects, but what makes a strong applicant stand out is demonstrating inter/intrapersonal skills needed by physicians to thrive in an ever-changing health care landscape. The ultimate goal of the admissions office is “to find and work with future physicians who have demonstrated the potential to interact and engage meaningfully with the diverse communities who comprise and are served by the medical field,” said Teener.  


Graphic Source: 


Teener agrees that by participating in a program like City Year, you are able to gain valuable qualities such as compassion and understanding for these diverse populations, just like the ones you will potentially serve as a doctor or healthcare worker. Another valuable attribute a year of service can offer is your ability to dedicate yourself to a goal and see it through. A year of service with City Year can be challenging, but your commitment to service shows the admissions office that you can demonstrate the ability to be committed to a project or goal- a quality that is needed to succeed in med school.  

As you consider the long road to a medical degree, taking a year off for volunteer work may seem daunting; however, you are not alone. In fact, more than half of U-M’s first-year medical students in 2018 did not enroll for two or more years after their undergraduate education. With a comprehensive volunteer opportunity like City Year, you can leverage your gap year to ensure you get the maximum benefit from your year of service and, at the same time, gain the top competencies that medical school admission officers are looking for. 

Some skills you will gain during your year of service include: 

  • Public speaking 
  • Networking 
  • Technology skills 
  • Communications 
  • Project management 
  • Professional Development Training 
  • Leadership


Graphic source: 


These skills are not just worthwhile for your med school application; they prepare you to excel in your career long after your year of service is finished. This experience can also help you reinforce skills you have already learned, develop new skills and possibilities, and give you another venue to build leadership skills. All of these opportunities make you a more qualified and desirable candidate.


Info graphic source: 


In addition to introducing new skills, serving with City Year can provide you with valuable networking prospects. With so many socially conscious individuals working toward greater goals, volunteering provides ample opportunities to connect with like-minded people. The University of Michigan requires a minimum of 3 letters of recommendation. Your recommenders can be any individuals who can objectively assess your personal qualities, such as integrity and ethics; reliability and dependability; social, interpersonal, and teamwork skills; resilience and adaptability; altruism; and a desire to learn. What better place to highlight these qualities than from your time serving under-resourced communities? 

If you would like to talk to a City Year recruiter to learn more about the opportunities in Detroit, contact Alli. 

Related stories

When you join City Year, you work alongside a team to create learning environments where all students can succeed. As...

Read more about It’s all about the AmeriCorps Experience

  There are nearly 700,000 open computing jobs in the US, but only 80,000 computer science students graduated into the...

Read more about City Year Detroit Connects with Code

  Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service emphasizes the importance of a cause greater than self. This Martin Luther...

Read more about Reflecting on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

  What do Starbucks, City Year, and Martin Luther King, Jr. have in common? Our organizations share a mission and...

Read more about “I Have a Dream..” Starbucks & City Year Collaboration
National Strategic Partners
  • AbbVie logo
  • Comcast NBC/ Universal logo
  • Deloitte logo
  • New York Life Foundation logo
  • Red Nose Day logo
National Partners
  • Bain Capital logo
  • Bank of America logo
  • Celanese logo
  • NFL Inspire Change logo
  • Taco Bell Foundation logo block for footer