Brice is a talented M4 with a very busy schedule. As a full-tuition scholar, he enjoys the flexibility to pursue his passions in- and outside the med school curriculum. Moving from the San Francisco Bay Area, Brice found Ann Arbor to be a pleasant surprise with plenty of local trails for biking and running, foodie-friendly restaurants, and cool festivals for every season. Here, Brice shares his insights on the reality of finding everyday balance as a dual-degree student, husband and future physician.
“School/life balance was one of the reasons that my wife and I chose Michigan over other top programs. The flexibility of the curriculum during the pre-clinical years allowed me to continue previous research collaborations as well as begin new ones, resulting in a shared first-author publication just a few months ago.
“The desire to pursue a dual degree definitely played a role into my decision to apply to the University of Michigan Medical School. Michigan has the best dual degree opportunities of any school in the country. Period. Few other medical schools are located within a stone’s throw of a University with so many top-tier programs.
“The culture of collaboration and love for shared discovery is rampant across the entire University, and this is likely why almost one-third of my classmates will choose to take an additional year to pursue dual degrees or other collaborations within the University this year.
“I committed to pursue an MBA at the Ross School of Business just a few months into my third year. I like that all of our courses are action-based and focus on teamwork and collaboration, as well as developing critical thinking and leadership skills.
“I plan to apply to emergency medicine residencies in next year’s match as my hope is to work as an emergency medicine physician with administrative duties. The Ross MBA will absolutely provide the skills necessary to excel in a challenging environment.
“Michigan expects the best of its students, but they also believe in the value of balance. The administration is very supportive of that. From the moment I declared my dual-degree intent until the day that I was sitting in class at Ross, I felt like there was a small army of helpful people in the OMSE guiding me and keeping me on track. The transition has been incredibly smooth.”
Photographs by Leisa Thompson.