Shaun Patel, M.D., is a recent alum (Class of 2012) who is currently in his first year of the Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency Program at Massachusetts General Hospital. Here Dr. Patel takes a few moments to reflect on his time at the University of Michigan Medical School, his personal match process, and how his experience here prepared him for the next phase of his career.
“While it is hard to know exactly what residency is like without actually being a resident, I personally felt very prepared at the start of residency. The ability to multitask and triage in the setting of multiple demands is what makes residency easier. The vast array of opportunities provided to Michigan medical students to participate in extracurricular activities contributes to developing these skills early on and is in part what separates Michigan from other med schools.
“The residency match process for me essentially began at the start of medical school as I tried to narrow down my specialty choice. Fortunately, Michigan has everything to offer and I rotated on the Orthopaedic Surgery service late in my third year of medical school, which I ultimately ended up choosing.
“My days now are typically comprised of rounding and providing care to all of the inpatients, seeing/treating new inpatient and emergency department orthopaedic consults, occasionally operating, and of course, lots of glamorous paperwork in between. Orthopaedic surgeons work closely with various other specialties and so it is beneficial to spend some time on these other services to ultimately help provide more effective and efficient multidisciplinary patient care.
“While I can’t personally speak for the experiences of others, I do have numerous colleagues from medical schools all over the country and I think you would be extremely hard-pressed to find a medical school with as many opportunities and experiences as UMMS. The training is exemplary, the people are incredible, and you can’t beat Ann Arbor. I could easily see myself back at Michigan one day!”
Photographs by Sam Riley, Massachusetts General Hospital