Building the M-Home: Four UMMS faculty members named first house directors

April 3, 2015  //  FOUND IN: Announcements,

The symbolic walls of the M-Home have been rising for months as the new medical student curriculum takes shape. Now, the roof is being lowered into place with the naming of four faculty members who will serve as “house” directors.

M-Home is a learning community for medical students, a collaborative environment in which they can learn important clinical skills, explore the “human” side of medicine, and develop their professional identities and leadership skills while maintaining their own well-being. Over all years of their medical education, students will stay connected with fellow members of their house through small group learning experiences, interaction with Health System clinicians, joint projects with students from U-M’s other health professions schools, and more.

Within the M-Home, each student will be placed in one of four “houses,” led by a faculty member and advised by a number of faculty and staff dedicated to that house.

Four faculty are the first house directors: Andrew R. Barnosky, D.O., M.P.H., professor of emergency medicine and anatomical science; Rachel L. Glick, M.D., professor of psychiatry; Michael P. Lukela, M.D., associate professor of internal medicine and pediatrics and communicable diseases; and Eric P. Skye, M.D., associate professor of family medicine and learning health sciences.

“House directors will serve essential functions within the M-Home to assist in the integration of student educational experiences across the curriculum,” says Rajesh S. Mangrulkar, M.D., associate dean for medical student education, who is helping to oversee the curricular transformation effort. “They will be role models, and an invaluable source of knowledge, encouragement and support for our students as they follow their paths.”

In addition to guidance and support roles, house directors will:

  • Work with the leadership team for the new Doctoring course (Doctoring for Patients, Families and Communities), and also with the faculty overseeing the professional identity and balance (PIB) initiatives to ensure an integrated student experience across houses and years of study.
  • Assist in career advising and facilitate connections between students and faculty.
  • Work closely with the Office of Medical Student Education (OMSE) to support a dynamic learning environment that is adaptable and sensitive to the evolving needs of students, faculty and the medical community.
  • Engage with student groups, organizations and OMSE to support initiatives that develop the M-Home into the best learning community imaginable.

For more about the curriculum strategic planning effort and the M-Home, read this article or visit the website.