Daniel Wells, Class of 2019
Why did you choose the University of Minnesota Medical School and what did you like about it?
I chose the University of Minnesota because of its strong program in primary care and opportunities to rotate in many different clinical environments. I hope to serve a diverse patient population in the future and wanted my medical training to prepare me for this career. I also chose this school because it seemed like an inclusive environment and as a member of the LGBTQ community, that was something I searched for in a school. We have a student group devoted to raising issues about LGBTQ health issues, workshops about conducting interviews with gender non-conforming patients, and many opportunities to rotate in clinics that serve this population.
What is the relationship between the students and the surrounding community?
One aspect of the school that makes it distinctive is the willingness of the administration to make an effort to listen to its students. As part of the newly formed White Coats for Black Lives Chapter at the school, we have met with deans and leaders in the school and are working with them on different projects and ideas we would like to implement.
What is your experience with the faculty advising system?
They have been very open to talking with us and being a source of support in any way that they can. Many deans, faculty and staff also attended our demonstration in December to support our mission and this was something that really stuck out to me about the environment the school creates.
What are some of the challenges and even weaknesses of the University of Minnesota Medical School?
One weakness of the medical school in my view is there is no formal longitudinal curriculum for underserved healthcare like other schools have implemented. There are many opportunities to seek out research, service, mentorship and more regarding underserved health but you have to be very proactive in doing that.