Running change up the flagpole: Medical School prepares to unveil new banner

December 15, 2015  //  FOUND IN: Strategy & Leadership

It has a prominent place on stage for every University and Medical School commencement ceremony. It has stood tall, but silent, while thousands of UMMS graduates passed nearby on the path to receiving their diplomas. Now, thanks to the efforts of a Michigan medical student, the dean, and the voices of hundreds of students and alumni, it has a sleek, updated face.

Beginning with the University’s winter commencement ceremony on Dec. 20, the Medical School will fly a new flag above all official festivities.

Dean James O. Woolliscroft, M.D., charged the Office of Medical Student Education with redesigning the flag. Associate Dean for Medical Student Education Rajesh S. Mangrulkar, M.D., reached out to Bella Shah, a fourth-year medical student, because of her extensive interest in fine arts and design.

To read more about how Shah spent more than a year researching and developing concepts for the new flag — and to view images of the new and old designs — visit: