It is important that all students be able to relate their academic learning to real-world experiences. Applying academic knowledge to practical settings is fulfilling and rewarding, and teaches important skills for careers in the applied health-care fields. Opportunities for applying academic knowledge include engaging in community service activities, participating in a learning community, and studying abroad.
Alternative Spring Break
Participating in Alternative Spring Break (ASB) can be a valuable opportunity for students considering careers in any field, including the health professions. ASB gives students the opportunity to work directly with community members and learn about their lives and work, discover the world outside of the classroom, and gain experience working to make a difference in addressing societal issues. To find additional information about ASB, visit the Ginsberg Center's website. The Ginsberg Center is the University's hub of student involvement in community service and volunteering activities.
The UM Center for Global and Intercultural Study (CGIS)
CGIS provides a wide variety of study abroad, global engagement, and learning opportunities. CGIS programming serves students with diverse academic interests at sites in all regions of the world. Each summer, HSSP students participate in the Global Intercultural Experience for Undergraduate Program (GIEU) at sites with a pre-health theme, including Ghana (No Health Without Mental Health: Psychological Stress in the Lives of Young Women in Accra, Ghana), Grenada (Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Child Development: The Grenada Roving Caregivers, and Zambia (Trusted Messenger Intervention for HIV/AIDS through Community Religious Network).
The Newnan Academic Center website has information about the study abroad events and workshops being held in Ann Arbor each semester.
University of Michigan Health System - information for those interested in volunteering.
The University of Michigan Health System Frequently Asked Questions about volunteering is a useful resource for pre-health students. This site includes a link to the volunteer application.
Unite for Sight is a non-profit organization that empowers communities to improve eye health and eliminate preventable blindness.
The Ginsberg Center is the University of Michigan's official community service and volunteer center. The Ginsberg Center's website has information about Alternative Weekends, through which students have the opportunity to participate in enrichment programs by engaging in volunteer work on the weekends.
Volunteer resources for students: Beyond the Classroom
Information on volunteering on the Pre-Medical Club website.
Volunteering opportunities from Arbor Web.
This Univerity of Michigan College of Literature, Science and the Arts page lists study abroad opportunities sponsored by LSA. Locations include Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, and China, among many others. This page on Life in the Field from Doctors Without Borders describes what life in the field is like.
There are numerous other opportunties for students to participate in enrichment activities through the arts at the University of Michigan. There are several campus orchestras, including the Campus Symphony and Philharmonic Orchestras and
the Life Sciences Orchestra.
The University of Michigan has opportunities for students to participate in dance, including the Ballroom Dance Team and the Ballroom Dance Club. The University of Michigan also has a theater company titled Basement Arts Theater Company, Check their website for information about upcoming performances.
These are just a few examples of the many opportunities for artistic expression that students at UM have access to.
The University of Michigan's student community is affiliated with a large number of religious groups. For a comprehensive list of U-M student religious organizations, visit Maize Pages, the Michigan Directory of Student Organizations, keyword 'religion'.
As a public institution, the University of Michigan does not observe religious holidays. However, it is the University’s policy that every reasonable effort should be made to help faculty and students avoid negative academic consequences when academic requirements conflict with their religious obligations.
To read the full statement from the UM Office of the Provost, see this page